Web Guest.Jared.HeadshotJared A. Guest, Baritone

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Lake Mary, Florida

Website: facebook.com/JaredAGuest

Twitter: @JaredAGuest

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We challenged Jared to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Tosca by Puccini
 
Q: Who is your favorite singer?
A: Robert Merrill
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Iago in Verdi’s Otello and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite singing experience was during Verdi's Falstaff, in which I sang Ford. It was such an incredibly tight ensemble of a cast which made the performances so much more special and alive.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: It combines all of my passions: acting, languages, and music.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Mint chocolate chip
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I'm a coffee zombie. I grunt and stagger to the coffee machine every morning like a zombie after brains.
 

WebBoragnoAuditionHeadshotRobert Nicholas Boragno, Bass-Baritone

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Newport Beach, California

 

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We challenged Nicholas to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:My favorite opera will always be La Bohème
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: My favorite female singer is Mirella Freni. She has been my singing idol since I was a little boy and was probably my greatest inspiration to become an opera singer. My favorite male opera singer would have to be Bryn Terfel, mostly because I can relate very closely to him as an opera singer. There are many, many more of course.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: I would love to sink my teeth into Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. I can foresee that being a staple role for me, just waiting for my first opportunity to perform the whole role. My dream role would be to sing Onegin in Eugene Onegin.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite role thus far hands down is singing Leporello in Don Giovanni.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I consider opera to be the most encompassing performing art. Music, drama, dance, costumes, scenery. It has absolutely everything. Music moves my soul, so to be in a performing art where the music is the star is really the greatest avenue for me to express myself as a singer.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: My favorite flavor of ice cream is Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip. :)
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I am an Uber Driver, Private Chef, Professional Restaurant Maitre D’, and Wine Connoisseur

                               

 

WebAliceChungHeadshotAlice Chung, Mezzo-Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Website: www.alicechungmezzo.com

Twitter: @chungyac

 

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We challenged Alice to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: My top favorite operas are Rossini's L'elisir d'amore and Menotti's The Consul.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A:  Some of my favorite singers are Marilyn Horne, Angela Meade, Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape, and Luciano Pavarotti.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Two of my dream roles are Azucena from Verdi's Il Trovatore and Dalila from Saint-Saens's Samson et Dalila.  Both are such controversial characters, and it would be so much fun and so rewarding getting to analyze and perform these roles.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: I have a song I always love to perform.  It's called "George" from William Bolcom's Cabaret Songs.  "George” is delicately weaved with humor and operatic references, and is a wonderful model of art song as a vehicle for societal observation and criticism.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love opera because it is such a holistic art that celebrates and critiques humanity. 
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: COFFEE!
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: Sometimes, I find myself in an awkward situation caused by sheer excitement over food like cream puffs and funnel cake.
 

 

WebKasiaBorowiecKasia Borowiec, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Summit, New Jersey

Twitter: @oshkashohmygosh

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We challenged Kasia to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Eugene Onegin is my favorite opera, and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the production at Chautauqua Opera this summer!
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: I could listen to Renata Tebaldi, Renata Scotto, and Mirella Freni all day.  I'm also a sucker for Ghedda and Lawrence Brownlee.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: I would love to sing any/all Britten--the Governess, Ellen Orford, Lady Billows. I also dream of singing lots and lots of Strauss.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: I loved studying and singing Marguerite in Faust. I had a whole year to prepare the role (thanks to the luxury of being in school) so I not only learned my own part inside and out but also knew everyone else's as well. I look forward to knowing all the roles in my rep like that someday!
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love how opera brings beauty to our world. Combining all of the art forms to make one giant masterpiece, it allows us to escape and to think and to enjoy.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Cookie monster from Hoffman's Ice Cream "down the shore" (I'm a Jersey girl born and bred). It's an amazing mix of Cookies 'n cream and cookie dough, and although it happens to be blue, it is the most delicious flavor that ever existed.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: My real name is Katherine, but I go by the Polish version of Katie, “Kasia”
 

WebSean001Sean Christensen, Tenor

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Fribourg, Switzerland

Website: www.tenorseanchristensen.com

 

 

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We challenged Sean to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Parsifal, by Wagner.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A:  Carlo Bergonzi, Jonas Kaufmann and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Tamino, and one day Edgardo (and maybe Rodolfo, since we're being honest).
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Singing Azael in Bare Opera's production of L'enfant prodigue, by Debussy.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A:That it is a meeting of many genres and forms, a pursuit of excellence in vocal discipline, a homage to great composing minds, and a sport like no other.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Sea salt caramel (in my freezer right now).
 
Q: What else should we know?
A:I’m a great lover of Science Fiction and Physics.