Austin Kness, a master's student at the Jacobs School of Music who studies voice with Patricia Stiles, most recently portrayed the title role in Don Giovanni and The Unnamed Bass in Edwin Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos in the IU Opera Theater 2006-2007 season. In 2006, he participated in the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera Apprentice Program, where he performed the role of Count Ceprano in Rigoletto. His past credits with IU Opera Theater include the roles of Escamillo in Carmen (Spring 2006) and Eddie Carbone in William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge (Spring 2005). In the summer of 2005, Mr. KnesSemperformed with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater in the role of Morales in Carmen and has been asked back to sing the role of Fiorello in its January 2007 production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Kness's future roles include covering Escamillo and singing Morales in Carmen when he returns to the Des Moines Metro Opera's Young Artist Program this summer. Mr. Kness has been accepted into the final round of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition taking place in late April.