Lukas Palys, sixteen, is a baritone and rising high school junior at the St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, Texas. Lukas performed with the Dallas Opera’s children’s chorus (in Carmen and La Boheme) before making his principal role debut as the second knabe in the Dallas Opera’s mainstage production of Die Zauberflöte in 2019 under the baton of Maestro Villaume. In 2023, Lukas was a finalist in the Schmidt High School Vocal Arts Competition (virtual cohort) and won third place in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition (Early Teen Art Song category). For the last two years, he has earned All-State honors for choir from the Texas Private School Music Educators Association. Lukas studies opera with Alexander Rom, former choirmaster at the Dallas Opera, and has attended Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) and Interlochen. In addition, Lukas receives coachings from Matthew Lobaugh (Washington National Opera). Lukas will attend IYDV and the Schmidt Vocal Institute this summer.