WebMyer.BrianJames.HeadshotBrian James Myer, Baritone

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

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We challenged Brian to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Carmen.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Simon Keenlyside, Diana Damrau.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Hamlet and Carmen (Yes, Carmen).
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Count Robinson in Il matrimonio segreto.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: It is expression of human emotion through music and text.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Cookies and Cream.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I am a soprano recorder virtuoso.

 

 

WEBElliotPaigeNEWheadshotElliot Paige, Tenor

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
 

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We challenged Elliot to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Probably La Bohème.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: I love listening to Jessye Norman, Beverly Sills, Montserrat Caballé, and of course Luciano Pavarotti.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Definitely Rodolfo from La Bohème, and maybe Otello, one day far far from now.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite role that I have performed was Orlando in Haydn's Orlando Paladino. I really had to dig into the madness of the character. It also helped that the direction was very cool and modern, and I was able to perform with a spectacular cast!
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: The drama!!! I love that it's such an emotional, and sometimes spiritual, experience!
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:STRAWBERRY!!
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’ve seen every episode of Friends!

 

 

Web Flaxman.Joseph.HeadshotJoseph Flaxman, Baritone

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Succasunna, NJ
Twitter: @VBaritono

 

 

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We challenged Joseph to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: La Fanciulla del West by Puccini.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Leonard Warren, Ettore Bastianini, Maria Callas... and many more.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Baron Scarpia in Tosca, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite singing experience was an evening of arias and ensembles in small town in northern France, the audience loved the Verdi and Verismo arias I performed, while I fed off their excitement.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: The unapologetic grand scale of honest emotions displayed on stage. Ballet, animals and kids always help!
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Recently, mint chocolate chip.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I am a gelato-making enthusiast.

 

 

WebNIEMAN.CLARA.HEADSHOTClara Nieman, Mezzo-Soprano

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
 

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We challenged Clara to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Le nozze di Figaro.... It really is practically the perfect opera, and the finale gets me every time
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Charlotte in Werther, Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Angelina (Cinderella) in La Cenerentola
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the gorgeous music in opera and the totally unique and dramatic way it tells the story... There really is nothing like the unamplified voice singing with full orchestra to make things exciting!
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Mint chocolate chip
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’m getting married two weeks before the start of the Chautauqua season!

 

 

webverticalAntoniaTamerAntonia Tamer, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany
 

 

 

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We challenged Antonia to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Frederica von Stade... So many more.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Salome!
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite role was Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: How it is a mirror to society. Oh, and the DRAMA!
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Hingham Harbour Sludge from Nona's in Boston!