Alumna Selected for First-Ever Opera Program

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Alabama State University alumna (​'18) and soprano Kristi Sullen is a Top-10 finalist to participate in the first-ever Los Angeles Opera HBCU Opera Career Comprehensive Program, which is led by renowned artist-in -residence Russell Thomas.

The free 10-session virtual program begins July 17.

Sullen said the program was created to nurture, support​ ​and elevate the skills of young talented singers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

“When I found out about my selection, I didn’t think it was real until I received my acceptance letter, via email,” Sullen said.

Courses, Sullen noted, will cover everything  -- whether it’s on stage or behind the scenes.

“You’ll experience hands-on vocal coaching, language training and informative presentations from administrative staff and other industry professionals,” she said. ”I will gain valuable training and insights into the opera industry.”

Sullen said while classes will cover different aspects of the opera world, one thing's certain: she will have the opportunity to sing each week either live over Zoom or by sending in a performance video to discuss during the session.

Sullen has performed at a few local events and will sing this weekend at a book signing.

“Singing is one of my dreams, something I truly want to do,” she said.