President and Artist Manager
Kathleen Berger became fascinated with opera at age three, and has been passionately involved in every aspect of the music business for nearly thirty years, from performing her first major role at age fifteen, to building sets/hanging lights, producing, teaching, and back to performing and managing her own career while helping her colleagues market their brands. After ten years in New York, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she spent seven years singing roles such as Violetta (La traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. She was the first classical artist ever to appear with the festival Músicos en la Naturaleza, with whom she toured Spain, giving recitals to standing-room only crowds as part of a lineup including The Pet Shop Boys and Echo and the Bunnymen. As a result, she was featured as the cover artist of the magazine “Con M de Música,” a publication of El Mundo. She remains the only American artist to ever perform with the zarzuela troupe Compañía Lírica Dolores Marco. In addition, she established MusicianStaff, a service to translate singers’ materials into a variety of languages and help them more effectively market themselves to opera houses worldwide. Along the way, she met and married Spanish chef Manuel Alba Garrido. In 2013, she, Manuel, and the Four Kitties of the Apocalypse returned to her hometown, an undisclosed suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and she decided to devote her time to keeping great opera alive for the next generation of singers and audiences. She cut her teeth on public relations and promotion with MIA Artists Management, then left to found Berger Artist Management in 2015. Kathleen is convinced that the future of opera lies in great performing and education that make the audience part of the adventure, open collaboration among artists and producers, and savvy, forward-looking marketing that identifies and targets the needs of today’s operagoing public, utilizing brand recognition, social networking, and the wealth of other tools at our disposal.
Susan Eichhorn Young entered the world of theatre at age 4 as an extra in a production directed by her father and has never looked back! Her career and passion for the art form has encompassed many facets: from actor to singer to director; from cabaret to music theatre to straight theatre to opera; to teaching voice and consulting with singers to adjudicating and master teaching workshops worldwide. She maintains a busy private studio, with clientele ranging from students graduating from professional programs to performers pursuing professional careers, to established professionals to public speakers. Her current students have performed in many regional opera houses, Festivals in Germany and Italy, regional theatre companies, national and international tours, off-off Broadway, off- B’way and Broadway, and have recording contracts. Somewhere along the line she had a magnificent daughter (who – surprise surprise – is a singer/actor based in NYC), and married a tenor! Susan is thrilled to be join the team at Berger Artist Management as an Artist Consultant. She looks forward to helping artists reach their potential so they can introduce today’s audiences to the 21st century’s “new golden age!”
Artist Manager, Musical Theater Division
After a 30-year career on and off the stage in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Michael recently relocated to Phoenix Arizona to work in management at a local performing arts center. He began singing in the church choir at the age of 7, and went on to study Vocal Performance at Roosevelt University, Soon after, he moved to New York City to appear in an off-Broadway production with the Light Opera of Manhattan. As an Equity actor Michael went on to appear in 7 National Touring shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the…Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz and Evita. He has performed in over 100 regional stage productions and charity concerts where he shared the stage with luminaries such as Liza Minnelli, Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, Norm Lewis, Liz Callaway, Daphne Rubin Vega, Seth Rudetsky, and Megan Hilty. His solo shows Showbiz is my Life, Aspects of Lloyd Webber, In Your Dreams and I’m $elling Out have played sold out runs off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, Chicago, and The Pocono resorts.
Michael has directed, choreographed, and produced over 150 stage productions and has received multiple awards for his work including an ariZoni Award, an OC Weekly Award and numerous Directors Choice Awards. He served as the Artistic Director for The Star Theater Company in San Diego, The Camino Real Playhouse in Orange County, and the Corner Bistro Dinner Theater in Pennsylvania. In NYC he directed the Broadway All-Star Benefit for the Red Cross starring Christopher Sieber and original Annie – Andrea McArdle, and Diva’s Tonite off-Broadway at the Zipper Theater. Michael spent numerous years as a casting director for theater in Los Angeles, and also owned and operated a small chain of musical theater schools, The Broadway Bound Academy, for 10 years. He still continues to direct throughout the Phoenix area.
His true passion has always been mentoring and finding new talent. To see others flourish and grow as artists gives him his greatest pleasure. Michael is thrilled to join Berger Artist Management as they expand their musical theater division!