Ten Questions with Trevor Martin

Ten Questions With…

Trevor Martin, baritone
Fiorello in The Barber of Seville

1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born and raised just south of Atlanta, Georgia.

2.  If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
If I weren’t able to do anything in the field of music, I think I would like to be a history professor.  I’ve always loved it, and some of my history teachers in school were some of the most influential teachers I ever had.

3.  My favorite opera is…
Otello.  Although if you ask me tomorrow, it could just as easily be something completely different.

4.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is…
I usually don’t eat a whole lot before shows, which always leaves me ravenous afterwards.  Being from the South, I hadn’t ever experienced cheese curds before coming to Madison (don’t shun me – I didn’t know!), so I am sure that will be a big part of my post-show feast here.

5.  People would be surprised to know that…
As much as I travel by plane, I am still terrified to fly!

6.  What is your favorite song to belt out in a bar / the shower / at karaoke?
My go-to karaoke song has always been “My Way” by Mr. Sinatra.  Always tugging on the heartstrings of the audience with that one.

7.  What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
I always feel so disconnected with current pop culture references around my friends, but recently I have become obsessed with podcasts, especially Serial, The Moth, and This American Life.  Really, anything that tells a compelling story, and I am sold!

8.  A few of my favorite films are…
In no particular order:  Shawshank Redemption, all of the Lord of the Rings (extended versions, of course), Clue, Moonrise Kingdom, and Rudy.

9.  If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?   
Nickel Creek, Piero Cappuccilli’s “Best Of” album, Childish Gambino, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and The Nth Power.

10.  What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn? 
I never went trick-or-treating as a child, so I remember getting really excited to go to a costume party in college in Georgia dressed as the only thing I knew I could pull off… a redneck.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure people knew that I had actually put on a costume.

11.  Bonus:  One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q:  Which is superior, Star Wars or Star Trek?
A:  I’m so glad you asked.  Star Wars obviously has the better story and characters (Jar Jar Binks notwithstanding), although Star Trek has superior acting and sheer volume of content.  I have many more opinions about this if anyone would care to ask.

Don’t miss the chance to see Trevor in The Barber of Seville, a classic operatic comedy!  Performances are April 24 and 26 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit for more information.

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