This weekend, Kathrin Thawley’s soprano voice will glide to the top of musical scales as she plays the role of The Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
It wasn’t long ago that Thawley, a 2012 winner of the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, fantasized about trading her seat in the audience for the spotlight. Thanks to an opportunity she earned through the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, she will debut as one of the rising stars of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre this weekend.
Thawley, formerly a freelance vocalist and private voice instructor in Salisbury, Md., became acquainted with Dr. Everett McCorvey at the University of Kentucky when his traveling American Spiritual Ensemble performed a concert at the University of Salisbury in 2008. When the American Spiritual Ensemble returned to Salisbury in 2011, Thawley attended a community audition where she received an invitation to audition for the master’s program at the University of Kentucky and sing in the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. Dr. McCorvey was so impressed with her talent that he asked her to sing a solo during the Ensemble’s concert that weekend. She went on to win the second-place graduate scholarship during the 2012 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition.
Thawley, a 37-year-old mom and wife of a United States Navy petty officer, now believes every dream is within reach.
“Here I am, a dream deferred,” she said.
The next class of vocalists will compete for their musical dreams this weekend during the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition at the Singletary Center for the Arts, Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The competition is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
The Marriage of Figaro presented by the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will play at the Lexington Opera House at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2. For more information, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org.