Countess Charlotte Malcolm
- Where were you born and raised?
I was born on a military base in Bellevue, Nebraska, and raised from the age of one in Davenport, Iowa.
- If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I had originally thought I’d be an English teacher, but…meh. Professional political-TV watcher? Professional sleep-study participant? Ooh, wait, I want to teach people how to parallel park… now *that,* I can do!
- The first opera I was ever in was…
Amelia Goes to the Ball (a one-act opera by Menotti) in college. I played a maid. When I was encouraged not just to sing, but to *act* while singing, I was hooked.
- My favorite opera role is…
The title role in Elizabeth Cree by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, which is a modern American mezzo’s tour-de-force dream role. But in the years leading up to Cree, Jo March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women held that space in my heart.
- My favorite food to eat is…
Chickpeas? I try to be as vegan as possible but when I’m on the road and on a budget, simplicity is essential. Chickpeas, olive oil, good salt and pepper: I’m happy.
- People would be surprised to know that…
I played flute for 10 years (in our award-winning high school marching band, go Blue Devils!), and I will probably “bust a move” if I hear early-90’s hip-hop/rap… ’twas my jam back then.
- If I could spend a ‘weekend in the country’ anywhere, real or fantasy, I would visit…
…Derbyshire to visit Lizzy and Mr. Dahhhhhhhcy at Pemberley.
- I like to binge-watch…
Well, now I’m reminded of my Pride & Prejudice obsession, so I’ll start with my quarterly viewing of the 6-hr BBC P&P. And then I would re-watch all of the Arrested Development seasons. Schitt’s Creek has been great, too… and let’s not forget all of Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries.
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Oof, this is hard… I like a LOT of people. Rachel Maddow, President Barack Obama, Anthony Bourdain (he would cook, ‘cause nobody else wants to eat my above-mentioned scraggly chickpeas), and my friend Angela Gilbert, who would be a star conversationalist in such smart company! My boyfriend, Keith, and I would sit at the countertop to eat and just listen to all of them talk. ☺️
- Everyone should see A Little Night Music because….
This witty, effervescent, classically-clever Sondheim piece is being expertly directed and warmly presented by some very talented folks!
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: Hey, Katy, could I pay you to build a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in 6 hours or fewer?
A: It would be my greatest joy. (Note: in the above question #2, amend my answer to include my favorite pastime… puzzle-building.)
Find out more about Katherine and our other artists, and don’t miss the chance to see her perform Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music. Performances are February 8 and 10 in Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25!
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