Samuel Z. Lim (bass-baritone), a Syracuse, NY native, is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, studying with Vinson Cole. He most recently sang the role of Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, under the baton of Maestro Andy Anderson at UMKC, and will sing the roles of Zuniga (Carmen) and Grégorio (Roméo et Juliette) in their upcoming Spring Opera Scenes Program, directed by Fenlon Lamb. His previous opera credits include The Old Baron in the East Coast Premiere of Carman Moore's The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Society for New Music), A Tourist in scenes from Offenbach's Christopher Columbus (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Giorgio in scenes from The Gondoliers (Ithaca College Summer Music Academy). Last summer Mr. Lim was a Studio Artist at SongFest at Colburn, where he studied with Susanne Mentzer and Pittsburgh Opera's Mark Trawka. He has sung in recital with Civic Morning Musicals, the Central New York Association of Music Teachers, Syracuse University, and he has appeared as National Anthem Soloist among thousands (Syracuse Chiefs MiLB Baseball at NBT Bank Stadium, 2014 Campaign of U.S. Congressman John Katko). Mr. Lim was awarded a 2015 Study Grant from the Joanne Dale Vocal Studies Travel Fund (KCMO), and was recently awarded a scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2016.