Ten Questions with
Benjamin Sieverding, bass
Duke of Verona in Romeo and Juliet
1. Where were you born / raised?
I was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I’d love to be a casting agent of some sort.
3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Amahl and the Night Visitors.
4. My favorite opera is…
Bluebeard’s Castle. Or Salome.
5. My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is…
Pre-show, I like bacon and eggs; something with lots of protein. Post-show, I like a burger or NACHOS.
6. People would be surprised to know that…
I sang first soprano in church choir with my mother until I was 14.
7. A few of my favorite books are…
As a huge fantasy nerd, I love A Song of Ice and Fire, Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia. But I also love the classics, especially The Age of Innocence and Pride and Prejudice.
8. What do you like to binge-watch?
30 Rock, Departures, and TOP CHEF!
9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Pope Francis, Maya Rudolph, Christopher Lee, C.S. Lewis.
10. Everyone should see Romeo and Juliet because….
There are so many great one-liners that we frequently reference in our culture without even realizing it.
Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q: Which moment of your life would you like to relive over and over again?
A: The night my wife and I got engaged on a river cruise in Paris.
Don’t miss the chance to see Benjamin in Romeo and Juliet, as Shakespeare’s classic work comes to ravishing operatic life. Performances are November 4 and 6 in Overture Hall. Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.