Name: Rodell Rosel, tenor
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Least favorite opera:
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
I knew I wanted to sing opera when:
I sang my first operatic role as the First Commissary in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. I was able to grab the audience attention, not just with my singing, but also with my physical dramatic interpretation: a perfect consummation of music and theater.
Before performing, I always:
Talk to my colleagues, and other people involved in an opera production (make-up artists and costume dressers). I like getting to know people and their life outside the opera world.
What I love about performing live is:
I get the opportunity to play a character, and take the audience to a world of fantasy and imagination.
The best thing about opera is:
It requires the best artists and vocal ‘althletes’.
If you’ve never seen The Magic Flute, you’ll love it because:
It is a fairy tale opera for both adults and children, filled with very memorable and catchy music.
If I could have dinner with any composer, I would choose:
Giacomo Puccini, so I could ask him how he really wanted Turandot to end.
If The Magic Flute were made into a blockbuster film where singing was no object, Monastatos would be played by:
Andy Serkis (Smeagol/Gollum in The Lord of the Rings)
On my iPod, you’ll find:
“Single Ladies” Music Video by Beyoncé
If I were tone deaf, I would have gone to work as:
While I’m in Milwaukee, I’m hoping to:
Get to know the city and everyone who lives there.