Ten Questions with Clay Hilley

Ten Questions with…









Clay Hilley, tenor
Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking





1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:

All the wonderful people I get to meet, and the places I get to travel.

2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is: 
Dealing with rejection.

3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is:

Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Chautauqua Institute’s Amphitheater. 

4. A few of my favorite films are: 

The Return of the King, Scream, The Naked Gun movies.

5. Three things I can’t live without are: 
Friends, Family, Faith

6. My number one hobby is: 
Following current events. 

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

Giuseppe Giacomini.

8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?

Law/Politics.


9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing because it’s the wrong voice type/gender?
Turandot. 

10. Describe your favorite moment on stage. 

There are many, but one comes to mind.  While playing King Kaspar in Amahl, I was dressed in a VERY heavy (and VERY HOT) costume.  It was so hot that I made a choice to forgo any sort of undergarment (as no one in the audience would ever be able to notice).  During the performance I noticed an air-conditioning vent in the stage floor (we were performing in a church chancel), and “altered my blocking” such that I ended up hovering over said vent, enjoying the pleasantly-cooling streams of air while actively engaged in performing. 😉

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)
Clay, are you available to sing the lead tenor role tonight at the MET?
A: Yeah.

See Clay in Madison Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking April 25 and 27 at Overture Hall. Tickets start at just $18!

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