Ten Questions with Nathaniel Hill

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.

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