“There’s your heavy opera, where basically people sing foreign and it goes like ‘Oh oh oh, I am dyin’, oh I am dyin’, oh oh oh, that’s what I’m doin’,’ and there’s your light opera, where they sing in foreign and it basically goes ‘Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer! I like to drink lots of beer!’, although sometimes they drink champagne instead. That’s basically all of opera, reely.”
– Nanny Ogg, Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
Ivey makes her role debut as Ruggiero in Alcina with Comet Opera UTD this April.
As a student at UT Dallas, Ivey has previously appeared as Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) and as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro). She made her opera debut as Cherubino in April 2017 and was praised for her energy and physical comedy. In April 2018, she designed the Mozart pastiche operetta Much Ado for the newly-founded student organization Comet Opera and, as Benedick, explored the music of two of Mozart’s early castrato roles, Cecilio (Lucio Silla) and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera). In December 2018, her sarcastic, vulnerable Despina again brought her physical comedy to the spotlight. While working on Così, she also began coaching student performers and partially translated the libretto – a recurring responsibility within the club. Comet Opera’s 2019 production of Alcina will also feature her English translations and music direction.
Outside of UT Dallas, she has appeared as Perdita in Lear DeBessonet’s musical adaptation of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Kent Gash for Public Works Dallas at the Dallas Theater Center; as a street performer with PULSE Dallas; and as Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) with North Carolina’s Little Opera Company of Charlotte.
In summer 2018, she studied and performed with Opera in Concert in Italy under the direction of Edward and Heather Crafts. She continues to study with Edward Crafts in Dallas and acts as the marketing coordinator for Opera in Concert.
Growing up in a culture of a capella vocal music in the Primitive Baptist church, Ivey began formally studying voice in 2010 with her mother, vocal/piano teacher Kathryn Ivey-Barr of Joyful Noise Music Studio/Centre for Musical Minds, and went on to work with Dr. Kathryn Evans in 2014. She recieved a minor in music from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2017, and continues to study and perform there with Comet Opera and as a soloist with the UTD Chamber Singers. As a Creative Practice MFA student in the Arts and Technology program, she studies marketing and web design and finds ways to integrate opera performance and video work.
(On the rare occasion that her work does not directly involve singing, her classmates often encourage her to sing anyway.)