Friday, September 8, 2017

Ten Questions with Studio Artist Anna Polum

Anna Polum – Soprano

1. Where were you born/ where were you raised?
I was born in Everett, Washington and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska since I was 9 months old.

2. If you weren’t a vocalist, what profession would you be in?
Speech pathologist.

3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Carmen.

4. My favorite opera is…
Peter Grimes.

5. My favorite pre/post show meal is…
Pre-show is always something light, like a salad with lots of fruits and vegetables. Post-show is when I pig out, usually with a burger.

6. People would be surprised to know…
That despite being from Alaska I did not grow up without electricity, ride polar bears to school, or live in an igloo.

7. I like to binge-watch…
The Office, New Girl, Law and Order.

8. What four people would you like to invite for a dinner party?
My Grandma Thompson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alma Mahler, and Oscar Wilde.

9. What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn? 
That was when I had to play a nun, but it had a steampunk theme. I was covered from head to toe in tons of black fabric (so it was hot under the stage lights) with one strip of white around my face. All of my make-up would rub off on to it. It was gross.

10. Why should people go to the opera?
Because it’s fun!  It’s not as far out of reach as people generally think. There’s an opera out there for every person and their interests.

11. Bonus: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?
Q: Do you like summer?
A: No, I’m from Alaska! I love winter!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ten Questions with Studio Artist Benjamin Liupaugo

Benjamin Liupaogo - Tenor


1. Where were you born/ where were you raised?
I was born in Castro Valley, California. I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2. If you weren’t a vocalist, what profession would you be in?
I would be in the medical field. I like to help people.

3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Orpheus in the Underworld.

4. My favorite opera is…
Aida.

5. My favorite pre/post show meal is…
Pre-show would be crackers and many different types of cheese and meats. Post-show would be cheesecake.

6. People would be surprised to know…
That I am a big teddy bear!

7. I like to binge-watch…
Shameless, Bones, Charmed, Numbers, Harry Potter 1 – 7.

8. What four people would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Sondheim, Franz Liszt

9. What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn? 
In a production of Candide, I had on genie pants and a top. They were like pajamas but way too big for my body. I looked like the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.

10. Why should people go to the opera?
To experience a beautiful art form and to be amazed at what is required of an opera caliber singer. First and foremost go for the singing. It takes a lot of work to make singing sound easy in an operatic production.

11. Bonus: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?
Q: Why did you choose music as your field/career?
A: I chose classical music and voice as my career because I love and have a passion for this art form.  My purpose for this career path was for myself.  I made a choice that I would pursue this career for the sake of the art and the music it had to offer to others as well as myself. I like to help people, and this is one way that I can help others. Music has always given me life and I could not see myself in any field other than music.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ten Questions with Studio Artist Megan Ott

Megan Ott – Mezzo-Soprano

1. Where were you born/ where were you raised?
Erie, Pennsylvania.

2. If you weren’t a vocalist, what profession would you be in?
Voiceover actor. I am currently perfecting my “operatic chipmunk voice.”

3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Amahl and the Night Visitors. I was the Page!

4. My favorite opera is…
La Cenerentola

5. My favorite post-show meal is…
Post-show, I love eating Italian food and having a nice glass of wine.

6. People would be surprised to know…
I can solve a Rubik’s cube in 47 seconds.

7. I like to binge-watch…
The Office. Lately I’ve also been watching Ozark.

8. What four people would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Abe Lincoln, Ellen DeGeneres, Gael García Bernal, and Salvador Dalí.

9. What is the best costume you’ve ever worn? 
It was in a production of The Magic Flute, when I sang the Third Lady. The costume was steampunk meets super woman, all tied together with glowing lightning bolts.

10. Why should people go to the opera?
Because it is a chance for them to step out of reality and into something magical for a few hours. It is a chance to find peace and can be extremely healing, especially with all of the negativity in our world right now.

11. Bonus: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?
Q: Where do you want to travel to next?
A: Iceland is somewhere I’ve been itching to explore.

Don't miss the chance to see Megan all year long, on our mainstage and in our community.  Visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the Park with Joseph Mechavich

In the Park with...

Joseph Mechavich
Conductor, Opera in the Park





1.  Where were you born / raised? 

Long Lake, Minnesota (western suburb of Minneapolis).  I currently live in Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
A delicious rosé from Provence.

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
... conducting the Star Wars Suite with the Florida Orchestra for 15,000 souls in Raymond James Stadium/Tampa... especially Darth Vader's Theme... Jumbotron!!!

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
...anything and everything at Tanglewood.

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
...(see number 2)

6.  My ideal vacation is....
...lying on a deserted beach and drinking (see number 2).


Join Joseph for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Monday, July 17, 2017

In the Park with with Cecilia Violetta López

In the Park with...

Cecilia Violetta López
Soprano, Opera in the Park







1.  Where were you born / raised? 

I was born and raised in Rupert, Idaho to Mexican parents. I'm a first generation Mexican-American.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Mom used to make us tacos de frijoles (kept warm by wrapping them in aluminum foil and leaving them on the dashboard) for lunch when we worked in the beet fields. Though our lunch breaks weren't/aren't considered a normal picnic to most folks, my favorite memories were our lunch breaks that mom ended up turning into make-shift picnics. TACOS!

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
...when I was a teenager singing with a mariachi band for a local rodeo in Idaho. It's my favorite because it was the first time I forgot the words to a song!! One of the mariachi band members was super supportive, encouraging me to repeat the first verse (while we were on stage!) to make it sound like I never forgot the words. That didn't work. The band kept playing and after awhile, the words eventually came to me. Embarrassing!

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
When I was 13 or 14, my parents took me to see one of the last Mexican "charros" perform live at the Plaza de Toros in Morelia, Michoacán. The charro we saw was Antonio Aguilar and his entire family of singers! Mr. Aguilar took his dancing horses to the performance, to boot! I remember being in a constant state of awe -- Mr. Aguilar was such a great singer and performer.

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
...spending my daughter's birthday with her!

6.  My ideal vacation is....
It hasn't happened yet, but I'd like it to be Bora Bora or Tahiti -- away from everything.

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer). 
Q: Is it true that the members of the First Regular Session of the Sixty-Fourth Idaho Legislature, the Senate, and the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring and congratulating you for your many achievements in the world of opera?
A: YES! it's true. "The resolution was written by Opera Idaho board member Yvonne McCoy and introduced by Boise Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb. It honors the life and work of the opera singer from Rupert, Idaho."


Join Cecilia for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

In the Park with Will Liverman

In the Park with...
Will Liverman
Baritone, Opera in the Park



1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Biscuits and jelly, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, catfish, cheese curds from The Old Fashioned, and a grilled cheese with extra bacon.

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
I did a performance for the Grant Park Festival at night and the stage lights attracted every large bug in attendance. Several nearly flew in my mouth every time I sang. I have never been more mortified while singing.

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
The first year I attended the Stars at the Lyric concert when I was a freshman in college. 

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
EATING indoors. 

6.  My ideal vacation is....
Dublin, Ireland!

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer). 
Q: Do I want to get breakfast?
A: YES! 


Join Will for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Friday, July 14, 2017

In the Park with Adriana Zabala

In the Park with...


Adriana Zabala
Mezzo-Soprano, Opera in the Park





1.  Where were you born / raised? 

I was born in Georgia and raised in Miami, Caracas, and Houston.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Champagne, cheese, strawberries, and books. Of course, my honey is sharing it with me!

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
It's not a performance per se, but it was in a natural setting, and was unforgettable. It was when I was 15 years old, and Leonard Bernstein came to the large barn in the forest at Tanglewood where our chorus was rehearsing. He asked us to stand in a circle, close our eyes, and start Durufle's Ubi Caritas together by just listening and breathing. We closed our eyes and somehow took a collective breath. On the downbeat it started to rain on the leaves and trees surrounding the open barn doors. We sang the whole piece with our eyes closed, listening to the rain, feeling the breeze. When we finished, with the rain still echoing, we all slowly opened our eyes, and Bernstein had tears in his eyes.

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
Kiri Te Kanawa singing Mozart arias with the London Symphony at Hampton Court in the summertime wasn't a bad way to spend the evening many years ago. Also so many concerts at Tanglewood, like Rostropovich playing the Dvořák Cello Concerto and James Taylor on the 4th of July. Also Pavarotti in Spoleto.

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
... outdoor concerts, onstage and off! Generally, going to the ocean, traveling, and performing with great friends and colleagues.

6.  My ideal vacation is....
... ocean, books, sun, storms, great food, friends, family, and (in cities) discovering art, architecture, and history.

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: Are you having as much fun on stage as you seem to be having?
A: YEEEEEESSS!


Join Adriana for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In the Park with David Walton

In the Park with...



David Walton
Tenor, Opera in the Park








1.  Where were you born / raised? 

Nashville, Tennessee 

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Cured meats, dried fruit, grain mustard, crostinis, and light, hoppy beer. 

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
...a talent show at camp covering Green Day songs. 

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
...Mendelssohn's violin concerto with Joshua Bell, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, and the Philidelphia Orchestra at the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival in Vail, Colorado. 

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
...walking around the lake with my family. 

6.  My ideal vacation is....
...camping, hiking, or traveling overseas. 

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: What is my ideal summer temperature and time of day?
A: 60 degrees at dusk. 

Join David for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ten Questions with Amanda Woodbury

Ten Questions with
Amanda Woodbury, soprano
Pamina in The Magic Flute




1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Phoenix, but I grew up in Dallas.  I lived in England for 3 years when I was a kid. 

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
Crime fighting! 


3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
The Magic Flute!  I sang First Lady. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
La Traviata.

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Pre-show is smoothies and post-show is pizza. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I lived in England as a child. 

7. The musical instrument that I wish I could play is ...
The cello!

8.  I like to binge-watch...
Heroes.

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
My four siblings, because spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
It has everything!  Romance, magic, action, mystery and comedy. 


Don't miss the chance to see Amanda in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ten Questions with Andrew Bidlack

 
Ten Questions with 
Andrew Bidlack, tenor
Tamino in The Magic Flute





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but we moved around a lot and I was raised in Denver, CO; Laramie, WY; and Wichita, KS; before finishing high school in Chambersburg, PA.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I think I would have stayed in music and focused on another instrument, although I've often romanticized the idea of being a free-lance visual artist.  Unfortunately I'm color blind, so that might have hurt my prospects, although maybe I could have passed off my green sunsets as something deliberate. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
I was Tom Snout in Britten's A Midsummer Nights Dream

4.  My favorite opera is...
This changes all the time depending on what I last listened to.  I always come back to Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff. 

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Pre-show: Pasta (I'm half Italian, after all).
Post-show: Meat.

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I started playing piano when I was 5 and my mom was my first teacher.  I started college as a guitar major and started singing in rock bands with my friends in high school. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
Piano when I'm feeling focused, guitar when I want to jam. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
I recently discovered this show Mad Men.  Have you heard of it?  It's really good!  (I'm a little late to the party...)

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Louis CK, Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, and David Cross.  Maybe not so much a dinner party, but that seems like a fun group to hang out with and I think we could all use some laughter right now. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
There's a reason it's one of the most-performed operas!  It's got some of Mozart's best music and since it's a fantasy, every production is fresh and unique and can appeal to a wide audience. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  Would you like the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series this year?
A:  Sounds good, thanks! 


Don't miss the chance to see Andrew in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ten Questions with Alan Dunbar

Ten Questions with 
Alan Dunbar, baritone
Papageno in The Magic Flute





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Born in the mountains of Jefferson, North Carolina; grew up by the ocean in Beaufort, South Carolina

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
A woodworker of some kind, most likely a luthier. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
Candide as Pangloss/Voltaire in a student production at St. Olaf College. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
I can't pick just one - Wozzeck, Eugene Onegin, Dead Man Walking, A View from the Bridge, Bluebeard's Castle, and Le Nozze di Figaro. 

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Pre-show:  Anything that doesn't make me feel too full - fruit, sushi, or other light-fare.
Post-show:  Anything substantial and delicious. (Plus a good beer!)

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I'm also trained as a violin maker. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
Violin, mainly chamber music (I don't play much anymore, but I wish I did).  

8.  I like to binge-watch...
Shows that don't go on for endless seasons like The Night Manager or The Honorable Woman; and, contrary to the first part of the answer, Game of Thrones, which does seem to go on forever. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Antonio Stradivari, Terunobu Fujimori (Japanese architect), Georgia O'Keefe, and Nick Offerman. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
The music really is magical.  It's one of the few pieces that makes me wish I was a tenor or a soprano just so I could sing Dies Bildnis and Ach, ich fühl's. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  Why can't you ever come up with good answers to this last question?
A:  I have no idea. 


Don't miss the chance to see Alan in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ten Questions with Caitlin Cisler

Ten Questions with 
Caitlin Cisler, soprano
The Queen of the Night
in The Magic Flute




1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born and raised in Appleton, WI.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would be a personal chef. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
The Magic Flute. I sang the role of Pamina.  This will be my sixth production of The Magic Flute, but my first time as the Queen of the Night. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
Der Rosenkavalier. The music is so lush. 

5.  My favorite post-show meal is...
 FOOD! Anything will do. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
Even though I live in Montana, I saw my first wild black bear in New Jersey, dumpster diving. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
The piano. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
TV from when I was a kid, like Friends, X-files, Frasier, Seinfeld, etc. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
I would invite my four grandparents to dinner, at age 30.  I would love to hear their opinions and outlooks from that period of their lives.  I would also love to see if they would have been friends before my parents met. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
I love The Magic Flute because it's never the same show twice.  The story line opens the show up to so many possible interpretations.  This means that if you've seen The Magic Flute, you should come to Madison Opera's production because it will not be the same show you saw before.  If this is your first time seeing The Magic Flute, you should come for the music.  It has such beautiful music in every moment. 



Don't miss the chance to see Caitlin in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ten Questions with Nathan Stark

Ten Questions with 
Nathan Stark, bass
Sarastro in The Magic Flute



1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born on Travis Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, CA, but I was raised in Hughson, CA - a small farming community in the California central valley. 

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I'd go into education. Being a teacher is a noble profession. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
My first opera role was Mr. Cox in the one-act comedy Cox and Box by Arthur Sullivan.  There's a hilarious tenor aria in the show titled, "Hush-a-bye, bacon." 

4.  My favorite opera is...
I don't have a single favorite, but at the top of my list are Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, and L'Italiana in Algeri.

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Before a show I usually eat something pretty light and healthy - like a salad, fruits, steamed veggies, or non-cream-based soups.  After a show, I'm looking for the nearest Taco Bell. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I have webbed toes. 

7.  The musical instrument that I wish I could play is ... 
 The cello.  I love the timbre of that instrument. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
House of Cards and Game of Thrones. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Jesus Christ, George Frideric Handel, Dolly Parton, and Ellen DeGeneres. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
Aside from having a stellar cast and crew, it's a great "first-time opera" for those who have never seen one before (so bring a friend)!  It's also great for those opera buffs who are seeing it again for the 80th time.  Musically and dramatically, it's a fun journey for everybody! 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  Aside from Madison Opera, what do you like about Madison?
A:  The beer cheese soup and fried cheese curds. 


Don't miss the chance to see Nathan in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ten Questions with Gary Thor Wedow

Ten Questions with
Gary Thor Wedow
Conductor, The Magic Flute



1.  Where were you born / raised? 
LaPorte, Indiana (unlike some, I feel the spelling of my hometown has no space).

2.  If you weren't a conductor, what profession would you be in?
Maybe a vet if I were smart enough.  I love animals and would love helping them.

3.  The first opera I ever conducted was...
Hard to say.  I've always been conducting something or getting something together in our basement at home, school, or church ... and I don't make distinctions within music theater - opera - operetta - musical theater, it's all the same.  The first professional opera was probably La Calisto for the Canadian Opera Company and then my New York City Opera debut was Carmen, which I conducted many happy times at City Opera. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
Always the one I'm working on, and it's The Magic Flute.

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Lately it's been vegetable egg rolls and a salad. As long as it's not too sinful, I like a variety of things, especially sampling the local cuisine. Cheese curds are definitely on my radar. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I'm an open book, but my favorite hobbies are the movies (old and new), theater, and gardening in our unkempt garden. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
I trained as a pianist and still try to play everyday.  I was a bad, but enthusiastic trumpet player and French horn player. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
British mystery, documentary, history, and screwball movies. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Since we are doing The Magic Flute, it would definitely be Wolfgang and Constanze Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder (the librettist), and Nancy Storace (one of Mozart's favorite singers).  I think that would be a lively, happy group of interesting humans. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
It is an exciting rescue story revolving around the struggle of good and evil, with perhaps some of the greatest music ever composed of the sweeping variety: everything from folk tunes and gorgeous chorales to soaring opera seria, with moments of genuine humor and pathos. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  What was the most fun you ever had turning pages? 
A:  Thanks for asking! When I was a student at Indiana University, my piano teacher, the virtuoso Jorge Bolet, was a great friend of Beverly Sills and he volunteered me to turn the pages for her pianist, Charles Wadsworth, during her recital at Indiana University.  Rather than saving her voice between numbers, she was very friendly and gregarious and wanted to know about all the great singers who were teaching voice at that time at IU.  She had heard them all sing, they had all influenced her, and she wanted to know how they taught.  It showed me how curious, searching, and interested a great artist was - she wasn't interested in gossip, but rather how they taught and passed on their legacy to the future.  It was very exciting and humbling and I've tried to spend my life learning and sharing everything I've learned with the next generation.  This is one of the central themes of The Magic Flute, passing on the eternal truths to the uninitiated.    


Don't miss the chance to see Gary conduct The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ten Questions with James Held

Ten Questions with 
James Held, baritone
2nd Priest /Armored Man in The Magic Flute




1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Waukesha, Wisconsin.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would love to be a pilot, but I think ultimately I'd stick to some sort of musical profession. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten.

4.  My favorite opera is...
Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
A burger at Madison's own Dotty's Dumpling Dowry, or a sandwich from Jimmy John's. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I'm allergic to dairy, which is tantamount to sacrilege in some Wisconsin circles.

7.  The musical instrument that I wish I could play is ...
The theremin.

8.  I like to binge-watch...
Currently The West Wing30 Rock is my go-to. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Mozart, Nostradamus, Freddie Mercury, and I suppose I should invite my wife. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
The music is incredibly rewarding for audience and performer alike. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  How long have you been married? 
A:  Only 8 months! 


Don't miss the chance to see James in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ten Questions with Robert Goderich

Ten Questions with 
Robert Goderich, tenor
1st Priest /Armored Man
in The Magic Flute





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in beautiful Miami, Florida, but I was mostly raised in rural Southwestern Montana in a small town called Deer Lodge. 


2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I love being in the kitchen, so I think a chef. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
The Tenderland.

4.  My favorite opera is...
Dead Man Walking for the feels. 

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
I'm not really a pre-show eater, but post-show - EVERYTHING! 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I just started taking regular voice lessons two years ago. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
Tenor sax. I pull mine out every now and then just to play and relax myself. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
Food Network shows, Real Housewives, and Jeopardy.

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Barack and Michelle Obama, Bette Midler, and Harvey Fierstein. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
The music is timeless and beautiful. The art being made is simply breathtaking!

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: What exactly is gluten?
A: Gluten is a composite of storage proteins found in wheat and other related grains that gives dough elasticity and helps it to rise and keep its shape. It often gives the final product a chewy texture.  


Don't miss the chance to see Robert in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ten Questions with Scott Brunscheen

Ten Questions with 
Scott Brunscheen, tenor
Monostatos in The Magic Flute





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Born in Des Moines and raised in West Des Moines and the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. 

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would most likely be an architect. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
Le Nozze di Figaro in my freshman year of college. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
Right now, it's a toss-up between Handel's Theodora and David Lang's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Mac and cheese with bacon in it. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I'm obsessively clean. I clean when I'm bored, upset, happy, or needing to feel relaxed. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
Piano. While studying it in school, I practiced all the time and was pretty good. Now, I just learn all the vocal accompaniments to help me learn my rep. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
At any time, I'm rewatching Damages, Fringe, or Don't Trust the B in Apt 23. Right now, I'm obsessing over Schitt's Creek. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Oscar Wilde, Parker Posey, Michelle Obama, and Benjamin Britten. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
The music is iconic and gorgeous. Because it is so often produced, it is easy to forget how incredible Mozart's score is. I don't think anybody can dislike it - even people who don't like opera. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: What is your favorite food? 
A: I'm obsessed with Korean food right now. Kimchi? YES! Bulgogi? Absolutely. Fish cakes in spicy/salty/tangy sauce? I'm all over it. The saddest part is that it gives me some serious reflux sometimes, which is why I can't eat it before singing.  

Don't miss the chance to see Scott in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.