Six Questions with Robert Orth

Six Questions with…

Robert Orth, baritone
Voltaire / Pangloss, Candide

1. My favorite thing about being a singer is: Getting to live inside the greatest pieces of music ever written, and then getting to share them with enthusiastic audiences.

2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is: Exercising the self-discipline involved to learn the score, and always living with the insecurity of getting future jobs.

3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is: Chanticleer’s Christmas concerts are unforgettable.

4.  My favorite American operas are: Candide, Nixon in China, Moby Dick, Dead Man Walking, The Grapes of Wrath, and too many more to mention.

5. People would be surprised to know that: When I was 3 years old, I memorized the Old Testament story of Jonah and the Whale, and recited it while standing on a chair behind the pulpit at a Sunday School convention.  I was adorable.

6. Describe your favorite moment on stage: One of my favorite moments on stage was doing Nixon in China as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the composer John Adams conducting.

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  How is it that you are and always have been the hottest baritone in the business?
A:  I would answer modestly, “moisturizer.”
Come hear Robert sing Voltaire / Pangloss in excerpts from Candide as part of American Kaleidoscope at the Overture Center this Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets at or 608.258.4141.

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