Telling Our Story Through Song

Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 pm

Three members of the Florida Grand Opera present a special recital – “Telling our story through song.” Taylor-Alexis DuPont, Keith Klein, and Hayley Lipke will sing songs and arias featuring the highs and the lows of a singer’s life, the origin story of their artistry, and sentimental songs that helped to shape them.

Steinway Piano Gallery
4014 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Taylor-Alexis DuPont, mezzo-soprano
Keith Klein, bass-baritone
Hayley Lipke, soprano
Jared Peroune, piano

Artists

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Taylor-Alexis DuPont

Hailed by The Washington Post as a singer with a “beautifully rich and spirited” voice, Taylor-Alexis DuPont has performed internationally from China to Italy, and in 2019 in NYC as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy award-winning production of Porgy and Bess. Soon after, she joined Santa Fe Opera to perform the role of Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and later debuted as a featured soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In spring of 2023, Taylor-Alexis was awarded first place at the 25th Lotte Lenya Competition. She then debuted with Washington National Opera as Phoebe in The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson. Taylor-Alexis has performed substantial roles with Virginia Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Heartbeat Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and more. She earned a Master’s Degree in Voice from Peabody Conservatory while studying with Denyce Graves. She made her Florida Grand Opera debut as Flora in the season-opening La traviata, and is looking forward to playing Musetta in the upcoming La bohème.

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Keith Klein

Keith Klein, a native of Kanas City, MO, began his career by winning the 2014 KC Superstar competition and appearing on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in 2018 and Florida State University in 2020, Keith’s wide musical background and rich singing voice led him to be a Studio Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in 2021. Then, in 2022, he accepted the position of Artist in Residence with Opera Colorado. The following year, he sang as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Keith is the recipient of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition as well as the Barbara and Stanley Richman Memorial Award from Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Klein’s most recent engagements include performing the roles of Dr. Podsnap in Tobias Picker’s Awakenings and Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado. As a Studio Artist with Florida Grand Opera for the 2023–24 season, Keith played Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, and will play Colline in La bohème.

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Hayley Lipke

Praised for her “fire” and “vocal drama,” Hayley Lipke is a rising young dramatic soprano hailing from Wisconsin. Hayley made her professional debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly in Indianapolis Opera’s 2020 virtual production, which began her residency with the company. Ms. Lipke’s extensive repertoire includes Violetta in La traviata, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, with institutions such as Quisisana, Cedar Rapids Opera, Out of the Box Opera, Music on Site, and Indiana University. Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Lipke performed as the soprano soloist in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Händel’s Messiah. A proud Hoosier at heart, Lipke is an alumna of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Jane Dutton and Gary Arvin. In her free time, Lipke is an avid camper, thrifting enthusiast, and a firm advocate for educating children on the joys of music.