UNI School of Music celebrates faculty and alumni Metropolitan Opera Debuts

Suzanne Hendrix
Suzanne Hendrix-Case
Megan Esther Grey
Megan Esther Grey


Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 were milestone dates for one UNI School of Music alumna, and one School of Music faculty artist. Faculty artist Suzanne Hendrix-Case celebrated her Metropolitan Opera debut on Nov. 8, appearing in Philip Glass’s "Akhnaten." Earlier this fall, UNI alumna Megan Esther Grey celebrated her Metropolitan Opera debut on Oct. 11, appearing in the role of Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s "Madama Butterfly." Grey’s performance in "Madama Butterfly" was also aired live in theatres across the U.S. on Nov. 9, as part of the Met Opera Live in HD program. 

An alumna of UNI, mezzo-soprano Suzanne Hendrix-Case, DMA, joined the School of Music as assistant professor of voice and vocology in fall 2019. In addition to her teaching, she is also an active performer. Recognized for her “piquant mezzo” (Opera News) and "one-of-a kind richness” (kcmetropolis.org), she has worked at many of the world’s most prominent opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Seattle Opera. She is known for the Wagnerian scope of her voice, and has participated in "Der Ring des Nibelungen" at five major opera companies.

Megan Esther Grey, mezzo-soprano, graduated from UNI with her Master of Music degree in voice performance. In 2018, she was a Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program during her first season with the Met. Her other roles with the Met this season include Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Käthchen in Werther. 

The MET’s run of Akhnaten will be on stage in New York through December 7, while Madama Butterfly will be on stage periodically through April 2020. 

For more information on these performances or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis (319) 273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu