1. What made you first get interested in Opera?
Throughout high school I was a member of Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s Artists-In-Training program. As such, I received weekly voice lessons and coachings, several performing and master class opportunities, and a chance to see the company’s mainstage operas both in their rehearsal and performance stages. Getting to hear such beautiful music and watch such poised, confident singers solidified my desire to become and opera singer!
2. Who is your favorite Opera Singer now? Famous historical singer (i.e. Caruso)?
My favorite current opera singer is Diana Damrau. Her ease of vocal production along with the beauty with which she displays her heart through song are traits that I completely admire! My favorite singers from opera’s past are Montserrat Caballé and Maria Callas.
3. Aside from Opera, what is the music you like to listen to the most?
I enjoy Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Gavin DeGraw, Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles… All sorts of musicians!
4. Besides singing, do you play an instrument?
I play basic piano, and love occasionally to sit at the piano and write new songs.
5. If you weren’t going to be a singer, what do you think you would do professionally?
I would have pursued journalism had I not chosen the musical path. I love to write, and I love the fast-paced nature of a career in reporting. Broadcast or print journalism, it all interests me! Is being a forecast-singing news meteorologist completely out of the question??
6. So, what do you think of Milwaukee so far?
I am loving Milwaukee! The arts scene here is more incredible than I could have imagined. There are truly so many creative, artistic people in one place! Between the museums, restaurants, theatres, coffee shops, breweries, beautiful outdoors, etc… who couldn’t be happy here?
7. What would you say to someone who had never been to an opera, to convince them to try it?
I would tell them that contrary to popular belief, opera is probably one of the most accessible art forms ever to exist. While the plots, settings, costumes, and languages may be foreign to present day humans, the words, themes, and emotions that the characters express are timeless. They are present in human hearts and minds all over the world. When these words and emotions are expressed through music, they reach a level of honesty that, in my opinion, no other medium can truly achieve in the same way.
8. What is your favorite language to sing?
French and English
9. When I’m not singing, rehearsing, or performing, the thing I like to do most is…?
Go to a coffee shop with a book and headphones in hand, and sip coffee or tea, read or write, and listen to whatever music matches my mood.
10. What is the funniest (now – probably awkward at the time!) thing that has happened to you in the middle of a performance?
I once (was supposed to) have a fiery, quick exit to the stage right wing after a scene as the stage lights dimmed to a blackout. However, the crew had accidentally drawn the big black heavy curtains to close off the stage right wing from the stage, so I, unexpectedly, ended up walking directly into the curtain, face first. I attempted to find an opening in the curtain to get to the wing, but the blackout made that nearly impossible. Needless to say, the black shadow of a human bumping tirelessly into an immobile curtain was most definitely me…
The Florentine Opera will begin our 80th season with one of opera’s most captivating tales by its most treasured composer: Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (November 8 & 10, 2013). We continue our season with a Valentine’s Day weekend concert of cherished Italian arias and Italian-American songs: Festa Fiorentina (February 14, 15 & 16, 2014). Next, we bring you Handel’s most iconic opera in a brand new production: Julius Caesar (March 28 & 30, 2014). This monumental season will come to its finale with Puccini’s tragic tale of young love: La Bohème (May 9 & 11, 2014).
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- Florentine Opera General Director William Florescu will stage direct productions of La Traviata and La Bohème this season.