1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:
2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is:
3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is:
I recently attended the Marilyn Horne 80th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Some of opera’s biggest stars came out to perform and honor her: Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Renee Fleming, David Daniels and others. It was truly a special event, and exciting to see so many legends in our business under one roof.
The performing arts, my cell phone, and fried chicken.
Cooking! There is nothing more therapeutic for me than cooking in my own kitchen… with a bottle of my favorite wine nearby. 🙂
7. If you could perform with any singer, retired or deceased, who would it be?
8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I’d probably have gone on to culinary school and become a chef… or something to do with food.
9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing because it’s the wrong voice type/gender?
I recently made my mainstage debut at the Metropolitan Opera this Fall as the one-armed brother in Die Frau ohne Schatten. That opening night, as of right now, has been my favorite moment onstage. My family & friends from all over the world came to New York City to support me. It is something I’ll remember the rest of my life.
Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
What have you enjoyed most about being in Madison, WI?
The people, the fried cheese curds, and the beer-cheese soup!