Originally from Northern Ireland, Miss Esther Atkinson is a young artist with a promising career ahead of her.
Esther's most recent achievements and engagements include singing the title role in Handel's Ariodante with the Maryland Opera Studio, singing La Marseillaise at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. and being named first place in the John Alexander Vocal Competition (Student Division)
associated with Mississippi Opera
after singing in their Stage Stars of Tomorrow Concert with the Mississippi Chamber Orchestra.
In April Esther would have performed the role of Goldspur the Fox and Lapák the Dog in Leos Janaček's The Cunning Little Vixen with the Maryland Opera Studio, but due to COVID-19 these performances were cancelled.
During the 2018-2019 season at the Maryland Opera Studio Esther took part in the University of Maryland's Kurt Weill Festival, singing the characters of Ruth and Miriam in Weill's oratorio The Road of Promise, the role of Shirley Kaplan while covering the role of Mrs Olsen in Street Scene and covering Bessie in Weill's one act opera Mahagonny Songspiel.
Esther spent two summers at Brevard Music Center where she most recently performed the role of Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola.
Miss Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre from Ouchita Baptist University. She recently obtained her Master of Music degree at the University of Maryland as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio. She studies with bass-baritone, Kevin Short.
Through all her future experiences Esther plans to continue to work diligently towards a career in opera performance. She gives all glory to God without whom she would not have the voice He has given her.