- Where were you born and raised?
I’m from Waldorf, Maryland, but I’m a military kid, so we lived everywhere!
- If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I think if I wasn’t a singer, I would have my own café or bar. I’m a coffee fanatic, and I love mixing and making new cocktail recipes.
- The first opera I was ever in was…
The first opera I performed in was Mozart’s The Magic Flute as a member of the chorus, and my first operatic role was Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
- My favorite opera is…
I don’t think I can pick just one opera as my favorite, but I love Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Pagliacci has two of my favorite arias!
- My favorite food to cook is…
Up until a couple of years ago, I was a notoriously awful cook. Now that I have a couple of dishes under my belt, I’ve been delving into making my own pasta. I have a risotto recipe for every season!
- People would be surprised to know…
I taught myself to walk on stilts for a production in three hours, and I’m a huge fan of skateboarding.
- If I could travel anywhere, real or fantasy, I would travel to…
It’s my lifelong dream to visit Japan – I love how there’s so much to do on a single island!
- I like to binge-watch…
I have rotation of watching The Office and Parks and Recreation every year.
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
This is tough, but if I could invite only four people to a dinner party, It would be Dave Chappelle, Johnny Cash, Giuseppe Verdi, and Haruki Murakami.
- Everyone should see Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci because….
The music is gripping, the singers are fantastic, and the stories are visceral and deeply moving!