Faculty & Staff

Kallen Esperian

Artist in Residence
B.M. University of Illinois; Honorary Doctorate, Rhodes College

Ext. 1275
Guerry Hall 123
kresperi@sewanee.edu

Opera singer Kallen Esperian, quite simply, is one of the greatest singers in the world. As a measure of her stature, she is the only one of "The Three Sopranos" who has performed individually with each one of the "Three Tenors" in concerts and in opera houses around the world. Kallen Esperian catapulted to the world stage as a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in her early twenties, becoming one of the leading sopranos of our time.

She has been honored to sing for such notable figures as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. President George and First Lady Barbara Bush, General Colin Powell, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, French President Francois Mitterand, and Laura Bush. Kallen partnered with Luciano Pavarotti at the Paladium in London to sing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess of Wales Diana Spencer. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from Rhodes College, presented by President James Daughdrill. Kallen has a Key to the City of Memphis, as presented by Mayor Dick Hackett. Kallen holds the title of Emissary of Memphis Music, as designated by the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission. She was selected to perform for Governor Haslam at the Opening of the Tennessee State Museum’s Original Proclamation of Emancipation Civil War Exhibit in 2013. Kallen is also the recipient of the highly esteemed Amphion Award from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, created in 1983 to honor an individual for outstanding international contribution and service to the arts. Kallen has received the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award in Los Angeles, California. Finally, when Kallen received the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts from the College of Communication and Fine Arts of the University of Memphis, she received it for being who she is and has been throughout the last 30 years: “International Opera Star”.

Areas of Expertise

Voice Performance
Vocal Pedagogy
Stage Production