In the Park with Jeni Houser

Jeni Houser Soprano Where were you born and raised? Stoughton, Wisconsin. What is in your ideal picnic basket? The classics:  cheese, crackers, fruit, and wine. What has been your most memorable moment performing outside? A few years ago, David and I performed together at an outdoor concert similar to Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park and announced our engagement before […]

In the Park with Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson Soprano Where were you born and raised? I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Pearland, Texas. What is in your ideal picnic basket? A fantastic sandwich, fresh fruit, and something sparkling like a great cava. What has been your most memorable moment performing outside? I did a lot of my schooling in Boston, so I had […]

In the Park with Ben Edquist

Ben Edquist Baritone Where were you born and raised? Lake Jackson, Texas, south of Houston. What is in your ideal picnic basket? Tacos and root beer. What has been your most memorable moment performing outside? I did a series of recitals for Houston Grand Opera on pontoon boats in Buffalo Bayou.  Luckily there is a wealth of nautical-themed music. What […]

In the Park with David Blalock

David Blalock Tenor Where were you born and raised? I was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and raised in Burlington, North Carolina. What is in your ideal picnic basket? Cheese, cured meats, cheese, wine, and cheese. What has been your most memorable moment performing outside? Having performed outdoors many times during the summer months, most of my memories involve […]

Meet the Artists – Emily Birsan

Emily Birsan Rusalka Where were you born and raised? I was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, and raised in Iowa, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? I can’t imagine not being involved in the arts in some way. The first opera I was ever in was… The Magic Flute. My favorite opera [...]

Meet the Artists – Emily Secor

Emily Secor First Wood Sprite Where were you born and raised? I was born in Madison and raised in Westfield, Wisconsin. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? I love studying language (I have a minor in linguistics), so if I could work as a field linguist, especially with people whose language isn't well-documented, that would [...]

Meet the Artists – Kirsten Larson

Kirsten Larson 3rd Wood Sprite Where were you born and raised? I was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and spent most of my childhood in Denmark, Wisconsin. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? When I’m not performing, I also work as a computer programmer!  Programming is like a complex logic puzzle, and (like opera) it [...]

Meet the Artists – Benjamin Liupaogo

Benjamin Liupaogo The Hunter Where were you born and raised? Born in Castro Valley and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? A shrink. The first opera I was ever in was… Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach. My favorite opera is... Tosca by Puccini. My favorite food to [...]

Meet the Artists – Karin Wolverton

Karin Wolverton Foreign Princess Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Roseville, Minnesota, and still call the Twin Cites home. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? I was pre-med in undergrad and even went as far as getting my EMT license, so I can definitely see myself in the medical [...]

Meet the Artists – Saira Frank

Saira Frank 2nd Wood Sprite Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, so not too far away! If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? Well, one of my actual jobs is managing an opera outreach company, Opera for the Young, and I find that I really enjoy that side [...]