Comet Opera provides the musical community at UT Dallas with opportunities to experience and perform opera on their own campus. Pre-professional singers grow their stagecraft, broaden their repertoires, and build their resumes by performing well-known music that prepares them for future roles.
The company is student- and volunteer-run. You can support Comet Opera by donating your skills, sponsoring a production or season, or providing a venue.
Comet Opera has weekly rehearsals Thursdays at 7pm and Saturday at 10am, with a week of tech evenings preceding the two weekend performances of each production.
Dr. Kathryn Evans
Dr. Evans is the head of the Vocal division of the School of Arts and Humanities at UTD, where she teaches vocal instruction and a variety of music history courses, as well as general arts education courses. She directed the most successful theatrical production in the history of UTD, Side Show the Musical, as well as the annual Best of Broadway show (2008-2016) and productions of the musicals I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2011); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2012); Red, Hot and Cole (2013); Songs for a New World (2014), and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2015). She produced the first fully-staged opera at UTD, The Marriage of Figaro, in 2017.
Ivey Barr debuted as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (2017) and immediately fell in love with opera. Following that production, she helped develop Comet Opera as an organization and has appeared in (and variously coached, translated for, music-directed, and marketed…) each subsequent production. She currently studies with Edward Crafts of Opera in Concert, where she also does marketing work.
Vice President/Social Media Coordinator
Alina Linde debuted as Ruggiero in Alcina (2019). They are an ATEC major specializing in UX and web design and have completed a minor in performing arts for vocal performance. They have had 17 years of musical training and experience, including lessons in piano and guitar, and currently study voice with Dr. Kathryn Evans.
Tom Smith debuted as Don Alfonso in Così Fan Tutte (2018). He currently sings with UTD’s University Choir and studies with Dr. Kathryn Evans. In addition to singing, Tom has composed for choir and handbells, and will direct Comet Opera’s first Summer Studio production in 2019.
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Rene Davila debuted as Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte (2018). He is a biomedical engineering sophomore and an undergraduate researcher under Dr. Victor Varner’s Bioengineering laboratory. He is also a Terry Foundation Scholar, regularly volunteering at the Achievement Center of Texas.