1. What made you first get interested in Opera? When I was a junior in high school, Chapman University Singers and Choir visited Danville, CA on their annual choir tour. One of their selections was the Brindisi: Libiamo ne’ lieti calici from Act I of Verdi’s La Traviata. It was an incredible experience! The soloists and chorus were phenomenal. I thought to myself “I hope to one day be able to sing like them.” My love for opera was confirmed when I was a freshman in college at Chapman University Conservatory of Music. I saw my first opera, Puccini’s Turandot with former company, Opera Pacific at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. I knew after that performance that I wanted to be a professional opera singer.
2. Who is your favorite Opera Singer now? Famous historical singer (i.e. Caruso)? Susan Graham. I love the timbre of her voice, her impeccable technique, pristine diction and commanding stage presence. My favorite famous historical singer is Teresa Berganza. Everything about her is magical.
3. Aside from Opera, what is the music you like to listen to the most? I love to listen to oldies, the classics (especially Frank Sinatra), and country.
4. Besides singing, do you play an instrument? Piano and classical guitar.
5. If you weren’t going to be a singer, what do you think you would do professionally? I would be a veterinarian. I love nurturing and caring for animals.
6. So, what do you think of Milwaukee so far? I really like it! Everyone is so friendly. Since I have only been here just a few weeks, and I have not had an opportunity to explore the city yet. Nonetheless, I am very excited to experience everything Milwaukee has to offer.
7. What would you say to someone who had never been to an opera, to convince them to try it? It is a unique art form that combines text and music, generally in a theatrical setting. Therefore, it appeals to a broad audience (drama, dance, history, music, linguistics).
8. What is your favorite language to sing? Italian.
9. When I’m not singing, rehearsing, or performing, the thing I like to do most is……? Spending time with my family, boyfriend, and puppy. I also enjoy hiking, traveling, reading, and photography.
10. What is the funniest (now – probably awkward at the time!) thing that has happened to you in the middle of a performance? When I was a senior in college, I performed the role of Ciesca from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Opera Chapman. My costume for the role consisted of an enormous bum roll. This took up a lot more real estate on my back end then I am used to having. While searching for Buoso Donati’s will, my bum roll came into contact with the candelabra and it came crashing down. At that moment, everyone onstage stopped looking for the will and focused their attention on where they heard the crash. It was mortifying!
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.