Soprano, Ashley Yvonne Wheat, is originally from Bellevue, Washington. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and is a crossover artist based out of Overland Park, Kansas. Currently performing in opera, musical theatre and puppetry, Ashley has a busy performance schedule while also maintaining her private studio.
Last year you may have seen Ashley in her debut of the role Musetta in La Bohéme with Winter Opera St. Louis or her reprise of the same role at the Southern Illinois Music Festival. At the festival she also made her debut performing with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Summer 2012, Ashley traveled with StoneLion Puppet Theatre manipulating marionettes in The Toy Box at the Dubai Summer Surprises International Puppet Festival. Locally, with StoneLion, Ashley handles rod puppets for Bubba and Trixie and more marionettes, performing It's A Jungle Out There!, Boneyard Jamboree and Snow. Ashley is also a regular performer with the Kansas City Fine Arts Institute performing works of musical theater and jazz standards. In 2012, Ashley made her debut with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre as the Soprano in A Christmas Carol, a role in which she will reprise Christmas 2013, and Ashley just completed her third year as an outreach performer with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, performing the role of Queen and Figaro the Dog in, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Spelling Bee, Mother/Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. Ashley is a regular performer with Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City, as part of the ensemble of Sweeney Todd (2012) and Hello Dolly (2013). She performs in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City chorus, Madama Butterfly (2012) and upcoming, The Magic Flute, and Ashley will make her debut with Heartland Opera in October 2013 as Nedda in I Pagliacci and at the Chestnut Fine Arts Center as the Ingénue in their March 2014 production of Climb Every Mountain.
Prior to 2012, Ashley received supplemental operatic training at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she was a New Horizons Fellow. Ashley has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as well as the Sammamish Symphony. Past roles include: Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie), Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress), Elettra (Idomeneo), Fly (The Cunning Little Vixen), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), The Narrator (Joseph…) Cinderella (Cinderella), Marian Paroo (The Music Man) and much more. Ashley has also provided musical direction, formerly with USC Chamber Opera and locally at The Barn Players (Sweet Charity) and Blue Valley Northwest High School (Into the Woods). Ashley has performed in master class with Los Angeles Opera conductor James Conlon, accompanist Martin Katz, opera director Ken Cazan, Seattle Opera conductor Asher Fisch and many others.
Ashley has extensive experience outside of Gig Masters, performing at weddings, funerals, charity events, galas, et cetera and is an asset to any event. Local clients include: Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living, Musical Theatre Heritage, Kansas City Fine Arts Institute, Buca di Beppo, Canterbury Academy, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Blue Valley Northwest High School and many more.
Someone to Watch Over Me
Smileby Charlie Chaplin
What a Wonderful World
From this Moment OnShania Twain
Til there was youThe Music Man
Good Night My SomeoneThe Music Man
Climb Every MountainThe Sound of Music
You'll Never Walk AloneCarousel
Think of MePhantom of the Opera
All I Ask of YouPhantom of the Opera
Part of Your WorldThe Little Mermaid
I Walked With You Once Upon a DreamSleeping Beauty
Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jane Monheit, Maria Callas, Anna Moffo...
Wedding in Seattle, WA on 11/03/2007
"We enjoyed having Ashley perform at our daughters wedding. She has a wonderful voice and is very accommodating when asked to sing special songs. Even though we knew that her singing passion is for Opera she certainly can sing a ballad with heart and soul. We thank you Ashley!
Kathy & John Pierce"
In addition to Overland Park, Ashley Yvonne Wheat will also travel to Shawnee Mission, Lenexa, Olathe, Kansas City, Stilwell, Grandview, Belton, Edwardsville, Spring Hill, Gardner, De Soto, Clearview City, Bonner Springs, Raytown, Lees Summit, Raymore, Bucyrus, Linwood, Unity Village, Cleveland, Independence, Hillsdale, North Kansas City, Riverside, Edgerton, Basehor, Sugar Creek, Greenwood, Peculiar, Eudora
and many other locations in and around the Overland Park area.
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