Ten Questions with
John Irvin, tenor
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet
1. Where were you born / raised?
2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would be an ear / nose / throat doctor.
3. The first opera I was ever in was…
4. My favorite opera is…
5. My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is…
Pre-show: Museli for breakfast and something light for lunch.
6. People would be surprised to know that…
I haven’t seen a play in Chicago after living there for four years.
7. A few of my favorite books are…
Right now… the Italian translation of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One and John Fowles’ The Magus.
8. What do you like to binge-watch?
9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
My grandfather, Killer Mike, Janelle Monae, and Karl Marx.
10. Everyone should see Romeo and Juliet because….
It’s both funny and tragic, with beautiful music.
Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q: What’s your favorite city outside of the United States?
A: Salzburg… so far.
Don’t miss the chance to see John 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.