Ten Questions with Josh Sanders

Ten Questions with…

Josh Sanders, tenor
in Acis and Galatea

1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:

Being able to serve my art and share it with an audience. I don’t feel like I sing for myself, but rather, I sing to the world. There’s no better feeling than stepping off of the stage after sharing your heart and soul with an audience. Through music, you can speak to anyone- regardless of what language they speak, or where they come from. 


2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is:
Not judging yourself too harshly. How you sound in your head isn’t how you sound in the space you’re singing. It’s hard to let go and just sing without criticizing yourself.

3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is: 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Lyric Opera of Chicago my freshman year of High School. It was the first live opera that I had ever seen. Also, the set made absolutely no sense…chairs floating in the middle of the stage, and some strange cloud motif that popped up in every scene. 

4. A few of my favorite films are:
Anything that has to do with Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, or Disney has my heart.

5. Three things I can’t live without are: 
Singing, naps, and air conditioning

6. My number one hobby is: 
Singing. What a shock! 

7. If you could perform with any singer, retired or deceased, who would it be? 

Leontyne Price or Eileen Farrell.

8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? 
I would probably be a lawyer. I’m stubborn and argue a lot. 

9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing because it’s the wrong voice type/gender?  
I would most definitely want to sing Aida.

10. Describe your favorite moment on stage. 
My favorite moment on stage was my debut with Madison Opera in La Traviata my senior year of high school. It was my first time in the chorus, and I sang the little role of the gardener. It was amazing and inspiring to work with a professional company for the first time, and sing on the stage in Overture Hall. And I’ll never forget the wig I wore: it looked exactly like my own hair…

See Josh in Madison Opera’s production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea January 10-13 in The Playhouse at Overture Center. Tickets start at just $20, but they’re going fast!

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