He recently performed on a gala concert for the Springfield, MO, Opera; sang the baritone solos in a production of “Messiah” in Joplin, MO; will be featured soloist in a production of “Belshazzar’s Feast” by Walton at Wichita State University in April; and will appear as baritone soloist in the UMKC Conservatory production of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” also in April. Brian and his wife, Dian, a retired teacher from the Olathe district, have lived in Olathe for almost 40 years and are looking forward to becoming “Old Settlers..” Their three daughters, sons-in-law, and five grandchildren all live in Olathe and are also members of Grace Church.
Brian Steele has enjoyed a successful career as an opera singer, having performed with opera companies all over the United States, as well as Europe and the Orient. He has performed many varied roles over the years from comic to dramatic tragic to evil. With the Lyric Opera of Kansas City he was featured in over 50 roles in more than 75 productions over a 30-year span. A signature role is that of Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, an American opera by Douglas Moore, torn from the pages of American history. He had the honor of portraying Horace Tabor in the 40th anniversary production of the opera in Central City, Colorado, where it premiered in 1957. He has also sung in concert with many symphonies around the country. Brian has been featured in a number of recordings, including The Ballad of Baby Doe, the Devil and Daniel Webster, and Coyote Tales. Following an appointment as visiting assistant professor of voice at Wichita State University, 2000-2001, he took the full-time position of director of Congregational Life at Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe and is semi-retired from opera performance; he will, however, continue to do concert work.