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.
Lucretia Fleury-Carter has had a wealth of diverse career experience in addition to performing and teaching opera. Most recently she completed a certificate in Project Management. Areas of job experience include financial services, client onboarding, business development, and publisher relations for a digital media start-up company. However, Luca’s passion is – and always has been – classical music. As a child she came home one day and announced that she wanted to play the violin (in a family who thought that instrument was called a “fiddle”). Soon the lure of stage lights had her performing as a singer – her first role being Mabel in the junior high school’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Luca went on to get way too many degrees in music, including a doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she had the pleasure of studying with the illustrious Shirley Verrett. For quite a few years she performed on both the East and West coasts (as well as for a brief time in Italy), while maintaining studios of private and university students. Favorite roles performed include Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Musetta (La Bohème), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Violetta (La Traviata). Luca is thrilled to be applying her experience by working with this truly amazing group of performers as an Artist Manager. She lives in the New York area with her husband, her son (a budding violinist), two step-sons and a rambunctious French bulldog named JoJo.
Artist Manager – Crossover
A Maryland native enjoying a desert adventure in Arizona, Kathleen Richards graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Music, Musical Theater from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). In her 20+ years of performing, Kathleen has enjoyed roles around the country including Martha Jefferson in 1776, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (CalRep Theatre), Marilla Cuthburt in Anne of Green Gables (ArtsPower Touring Co.), Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (Personal Space Theatrics), Rose/Storyteller in A Christmas Schooner (Bailiwick Theatre). Since moving to the East Valley of AZ, Kathleen has performed with Mesa Encore Theater, Little Becky Two Shoes (Urinetown), Miss Hannigan (Annie), and Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast). She has been ariZoni nominated for her work in the latter. She has worked with The Hale Center Theatre as Mother Superior (Sister Act), Marie (Scarlet Pimpernel), and will be seen reprising her role as Miss Hannigan this fall in their production of (Annie). Kathleen also appeared in The Music Man) in Concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix as Mrs. Paroo alongside Ms. Berger in December 2017.
With a long history in the Musical Theatre industry, Kathleen is looking forward to helping artists connect with regional theaters across the US. Over the years she has had the fortune to work with some of the most talented emerging artists as a program manager for The Princess Grace Foundation, USA. She continues to keep tabs on the trajectory of friends in the worlds of composition, directing, performance and casting while raising her family and performing here in AZ.
Katy is thrilled to be a part of the fantastic Berger Artist Management team! She is a detail-oriented creative thinker with a diverse skillset developed from multiple fields including the performing arts, customer service, retail, cafe service, and hospitality. Within the arts, she is a fierce quadruple threat who has been dancing, choreographing, singing, and acting ever since she was old enough to walk and talk (and sing. Loudly.) Born and raised in Tucson, she moved to the Phoenix area in 2008. Since then, she has frolicked across countless Valley stages performing and choreographing concert dance, site-specific work, musicals, plays, and burlesque – as her burlesque alter ego, Ash Wednesday. Katy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University in 2014, and is excited to be a part of the growing and evolving arts scene in Phoenix and in Arizona as a whole.
Susan Eichhorn Young
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!”