Ten Questions with Nathaniel Hill

Ten Questions With…

Nathaniel Hill, baritone
Madison Opera Studio Artist

1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Defiance, Ohio.  It’s a small rural town in Northwest Ohio and I lived there until I went to college.

2.  If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
That’s tough.  Maybe the film industry.  Maybe a lawyer.  Or maybe an Alaskan hermit, I’m not really sure.

3.  The first opera I was ever in was…
The Carmen chorus with Toledo Opera when I was about fifteen.  I was instantly hooked.

4.  My favorite opera is…
Either Carmen, Pagliacci, or Don Giovanni.

5.  My favorite pre/post-show meal is…

6.  People would be surprised to know that…
I have seven older sisters.  Yes, seven.

7.  A few of my favorite books are…
Mostly biographies.  Into the Wild, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, etc… 

8.  If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?   
Mostly opera and musical theater, but you might get lucky and find The Who, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, and even Kanye.

9.  What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn?
The worst costume was definitely from this summer when I wore a fat suit as Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette.

10.  Everyone should go to the opera because….
It’s thrilling.  They’re the greatest stories ever told.  Why wouldn’t you go?

Bonus:  One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):

Q:  Who will win the 2016 NBA Championship?

A:  Cleveland, obviously.  Go Cavs!

Don’t miss the chance to see Nathaniel all year long, on our mainstage and in our community.  First up is La Bohème, one of the greatest operas of all time.  Performances are November 13 and 15 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit for more information.

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