Ten Questions with Thomas Forde

Ten Questions with…
Thomas Forde, bass-baritone
Count Ribbing in A Masked Ball


1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:

I always knew I wanted to be a performer, so the fact that I can sustain a life by singing is one of the greatest privileges I could imagine in my life. 
2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is:
The time spent away from family and friends is always a struggle, but it also makes the time that we do have a lot more special. 
3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is:
The first time I went to a Broadway show. I saw the original cast of “Ragtime” when I was in high school. It was my first time in New York, and I remember walking out of the performance in a state of awe. 
4. A few of my favorite films are:
V for Vendetta, Waiting for Guffman, Jerry Maguire, Father of the Bride, The Hunger Games 
5. Three things I can’t live without are:
IPad, gym membership, and great food.
6. My number one hobby is:
Traveling. I can’t get enough of seeing this world while I am here. 
7. If you could perform with any singer, retired or deceased, who would it be?
I’ve gotten the chance to perform with a lot of idols at Opernhaus Zürich, but a duet with Maria Callas would have been pretty cool. 
8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would be in the arts in some capacity. I could see myself as a stage actor. 
9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing because it’s the wrong voice type / gender?
Rodolfo in La Bohème
10. Describe your favorite moment on stage.
The first time I did Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, we received the biggest stage laugh I had ever personally heard in the Act IV finale. It was the most fun I had ever had to date on a stage. It involved being hit with my own shoe and having Susanna jump on my back and ride horseback style across the stage.
Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life to become a performer?
My Mom and Dad….they never questioned my choice of profession, and are the most encouraging audience I will have in my lifetime.

See Tom in Madison Opera’s production of Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) October 26 and 28 at Overture Hall. Tickets start at just $18!

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