Arizona Opera Presents Il Trovatore at Phoenix Symphony Hall This Weekend
For me, it would be telling the story and relaying the story to the audience. Whether it's an opera or a recital, it's the telling of the story I like doing the most.
If you could sing any role, regardless of voice type, what would you sing?
I have already performed my dream role. But I've always wanted to sing this role by Puccini called 'For Angelica' and I performed it already. Now my dream role is to sing Tosca, hopefully I will get one very soon.
What do you think is something that the average person would never envision is a reality for a professional opera singer?
Well, with professional opera singers, it seems like what we go through is just so glamorous but a lot of people don't realize that it's a lot of hard work, a lot of sweat, tears, anxiety, and stress. We don't show that on stage. We try and make it look effortless. Some people think that we're just globetrotting across the world -- going from Paris to Italy to Spain to Madrid and it's all elegant, but they don't realize that it's not all elegant. I'm there in my tennis shoes and a baseball cap lugging my luggage across the airport trying to make my flight. The main thing is that people think it's a very glamorous life -- and we put it on like it is, because we show that as an end result, but it's a long road traveled to get to that result.
Any advice for our readers out there who want to pursue a career as a soprano?
Gather as much knowledge as you can. If you want to be an opera singer, then do it. Go full throttle. Whatever you do -- whether it be an opera singer, a lawyer, a secretary or whatever -- just go for it, give it your all, give it your best. If it doesn't fit, it will be obvious, but you won't know unless you put all of your heart and soul into it and give the best part of who you are to the situation, I think that's what makes you very successful.
Tickets for Il Trovatore are $35 to $125 at AZOpera.org