Ten Questions with
Nathaniel Hill, baritone
Gregorio in Romeo and Juliet
1. Where were you born / raised?
I was born and raised in Defiance, Ohio, and yes, you might recognize it from Scandal.
2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
Always a difficult question, but I did contemplate law school, so perhaps a lawyer.
3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Carmen at Toledo Opera as a chorister when I was about 14.
4. My favorite opera is…
This is always changing, but right now I’ve been fairly obsessed with Heggie’s Moby-Dick and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.
5. My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is…
Pizza. Always pizza.
6. People would be surprised to know that…
I have seven older sisters, and yes, we all have the same parents.
7. A few of my favorite books are…
Well, currently, Romeo and Juliet.
8. What do you like to binge-watch?
I am an avid Netflixer, but I genuinely think Breaking Bad is the greatest show of all time.
9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Mozart, Michael Fassbender, President Obama, and Verdi.
10. Everyone should see Romeo and Juliet because….
It’s a story everyone knows, but I promise every time you see the opera you will learn something new.
Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q: Who is going to win the 2017 NBA Championship?
A: Obviously the Cleveland Cavaliers will repeat.
Don’t miss the chance to see Nathaniel 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.