Martha Antolik, two-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and nationally renowned opera soloist, will appear as a guest artist with the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Music Theatre Workshop in the performance of two one-act operas November 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.
Antolik will sing the lead in Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium,” which will follow a performance of Tom Johnson’s “The Four-Note Opera.” Both operas will be directed by Dr. Kent Skinner, UAM’s director of choral activities.
Students with leading roles include Jennifer Neely of Warren, Rashaad Calaham of Fordyce, Kaitlin Tucker of El Dorado, Morgan Martinez of Vilonia, Katie King of Warren, Travon Block of Monticello, and Dylan Cash Miles of McGehee.
Antolik is currently a member of the music faculty at the University of Central Arkansas and is a former apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera Company. She has performed in summer stock at the Starlight Theatre in Indianapolis, was the recipient of the Leonie Rothchild Career Grant Award in the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions and won the Birmingham Symphony Young Artist Award.
Antolik has appeared as a soloist with numerous regional orchestras and opera companies, including the Memphis Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and Opera, New Orleans Symphony, and the Birmingham Opera. In Arkansas, she has performed with both the Opera Theatre at Wildwood and the Arkansas Symphony.
She toured Spain as alto soloist in performances of “The Messiah,” and in 2008 premiered the role of Mrs. Hibbons in the Lori Laitman opera “The Scarlet Letter.”