Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
- Where were you born and raised?
I was born in raised in Storrs, Connecticut. The University of Connecticut is in that town, and my grandparents, parents, siblings, and I all went to college there.
- If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
A dream job was always to be a veterinarian, but in retrospect, I’m not sure I’d have the nerves for it (too many sick pups).
- The first opera I was ever in was…
I was an eager chorister in Die Fledermaus at the University of Connecticut, before I really knew what opera was all about.
- My favorite opera is…
I absolutely love new American opera. I recently saw Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera and was absolutely blown away. Three Decembers by Jake Heggie and Silent Night by Kevin Puts are some others that are equally as amazing in my book (but there are SO many out there). These works are all powerful, pertinent, and are the future of opera.
- My favorite food to eat is…
I love all things coconut. I will always choose coconut flavor over all others if given the option.
- People would be surprised to know that…
…I lived with my parents for my last three years of college. The idea of taking out more loans to live in a dorm seemed silly, and my parents are pretty awesome :). I’m also definitely colorblind.
- If I could spend a ‘weekend in the country’ anywhere, real or fantasy, I would visit…
Assuming the ‘weekend in the country’ wouldn’t turn out like it does in this show, I think I’d want to spend it in the mountains of New Zealand.
- I like to binge-watch…
The Office is my go-to show when trying to fall asleep to something or pass time. I think I’ve watched the whole series about ten times through.
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
It’d be incredible to meet the guy I’m named after, who died in World War II. Other than that, maybe Gustav Mahler; my theory professor from grad school (Michael Cherlin, who loves Mahler and taught me so much about his music); and my childhood best-friend pup, Marley, who passed in 2016 (are dogs allowed!?). That would be an interesting meet-up.
- Everyone should see A Little Night Music because….
I think that Sondheim’s combination of music and lyrics is near perfection in this piece. That, in tandem with some of the wittiest (yet honest) dialogue ever written, makes for a truly incredible show that captures tragically real human situations.
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: Do you want some coconut cake?
A: See answer to question #5.
Find out more about Charles and our other artists, and don’t miss the chance to see him perform Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music. Performances are February 8 and 10 in Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25!