Hope Dedrick is a Kansas City based soprano who is passionate about authenticity and joy in the arts. In the 2022 season, she appeared as Comtesse in UMKC Opera's production of Chérubin and Knitter 1 in A Game of Chance with Lawrence Opera Theatre. Other recent roles include Mrs. Foster in Lawrence Opera Theatre’s company premier of Timothy Peterson’s The Séance, Second Woman/Belinda (cover) in UMKC Opera’s production of Dido and Aeneas, and Suor Angelica (cover) with Midwest Opera Theater. She has also performed partial roles as Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), and as the title role in La Périchole. Professionally, she has appeared with the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Growing up in a non-musical family, Hope sought out music in any way possible. She spent her childhood singing in choirs at church and in school, in talent shows, and self-produced concerts with a toy microphone in her living room. Her performances have since grown more mature, but the same passion remains. Passionate about body-acceptance and mental health, Hope is an advocate for inclusivity on and off the stage. She wants to see opera represent all kinds of people, so every audience member can see themselves in the characters on stage.
Hope is currently pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance from UMKC Conservatory studying under the tutelage of Dr. Maria Kanyova. She recently graduated with BM and BME degrees from the same institution. When not performing, Hope can be found exploring libraries and dancing around her apartment with her cat, Eloise.