- Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Cooperstown, New York, just five minutes up the road from Glimmerglass Opera. But I only saw a handful of opera productions growing up!
- If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
Grassroots political activism. I nearly applied for a job with 350.org, which actually emerged from my alma mater.
- The first opera I was ever in was…
L’Italiana in Algeri as a chorister in a mechanic coverall. One of the most fun productions I’ve ever done—it quickly got me hooked on opera.
- My favorite opera is…
If I’m talking strictly about grand opera, then I’ll always have a soft spot for Madama Butterfly. It was the first opera on record I listened to on repeat the way I would listen to my favorite pop albums. But if anything is fair game, honestly, A Little Night Music is closest to my heart. It only gets more special the older I get.
- My favorite food to eat is…
It’s hard for anything to top sushi in my book. Maybe Mexican food? I hear sushi burritos are a thing now… has anyone tried that?
- People would be surprised to know that…
I was a chemistry major for 3.5 years in college before I switched to a full music degree. Also I don’t play cello…or do I? (You decide).
- If I could spend a ‘weekend in the country’ anywhere, real or fantasy, I would visit…
Hogwarts. I mean, come on.
- I like to binge-watch…
Not everyone knows it, but the show Dark on Netflix is fantastic! It’s German and has a Stranger Things vibe, but with a more grown-up darkness and an amazing scoring. Henrik would love it, I think.
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Robin Williams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kelli O’Hara, and Marcus Aurelius. It’s going to be a strange night.
- Everyone should see A Little Night Music because….
There are so many moments in this piece where a line or a piece of music feels instantly familiar and timeless. I hope you leave with the same nostalgic comfort that I feel every time we’re in rehearsal.
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: What’s your best singing vocal impression?
A: Michael McDonald, hands-down.
Find out more about Quinn and our other artists, and don’t miss the chance to see him perform Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music. Performances are February 8 and 10 in Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25!