Lukas Palys, sixteen, is a baritone and 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. Lukas was named a 2024 YoungArts Winner with Distinction in Classical Voice. In 2023, he was a first-prize winner in the American Protégé Vocal Competition, received 2nd place in the Richard Miller High School Vocal Competition (Oberlin Conservatory) and placed 3rd in the Schmidt Vocal Arts Competition (Texas), and 3rd in the Classical Singer Vocal Competition and the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition (Early Teen Art Song). For the last three years, he has earned All-State honors from the Texas Private School Music Educators Association. Lukas studies opera with Alexander Rom, former choirmaster at the Dallas Opera, and Matthew Lobaugh. He has attended Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) and Schmidt Vocal Institute.