WebChelseaBolterChelsea Elizabeth Bolter, Mezzo-Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Twitter: @singchelsea426

 

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We challenged Chelsea to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Manon by Massenet.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Anna Netrebko, Joyce El-Khoury.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Dalila, Lady Macbeth.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. She’s the sassiest.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: Larger than life stories. The stakes are high, the drama is huge and the passion of the characters is so turbulent.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Original froyo- must have cereal. 
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’m super into Law & Order right now. If singing doesn’t work out, just sign me up for detective school.

 

 

 

 

WebTylerWolowiczHeadshotHighResTyler Wolowicz, Baritone

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Brighton, Michigan

 

 

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We challenged Tyler to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: I tend to get obsessed with whatever my current project is, so right now I guess it's Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein!
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A:That's a tough one. There are SO MANY amazing artists out there who all have something different to bring to the table. Robert Merrill, Leonard Warren, Cesare Siepi, Rockwell Blake, Joan Sutherland, Isabel Leonard, Simon Keenlyside, Jon Vickers, Teresa Berganza, Rene Pape (I could do this for a while...).
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Marcello in Boheme, Ford in Falstaff, Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Wozzeck in Wozzeck.....There's a lot of stuff I want to sing.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:I just finished a really fun production of The Rake's Progress where I sang Nick Shadow. There's something about trying to find the humanity beneath the truly villainous characters that proves endlessly interesting. Plus they always get to do the cool stuff on stage--the fighting, the dying, etc.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: Personally, I love the moments of sublimity within art form. When talking about opera a lot of people talk about how it's really a juxtaposition of everything: the olympian athleticism of the most highly trained human voices, the vulnerability and communicative prowess of the actors on stage, the ardent playing of a well led orchestra, the majestic sets, costumes, and lighting--all of this is absolutely true. But at the end of the day, when I'm listening to or watching a really good operatic performance, I find that there are moments within the piece when I'm caught off guard by just how beautiful the music is and how powerfully the emotions are conveyed. The only real word I can use to describe it is sublime. Those are the moments that I live for, and I think no other art form can deliver this sublimity the way opera can.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: I'm a purist--Vanilla all the way. If I'm feeling adventurous, cookies and cream is my other go to.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’m a video game enthusiast. I love my Xbox. Almost as much as I love food and my Chihuahua puppy.

 

 

WebAubryBHfallAubry Ballaro-Hagadorn, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Buffalo, New York
 

 

 

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We challenged Aubry to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:My favorite opera is Puccini's Tosca.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Some of my favorite singers are Patricia Racette, Beverly Sills, and Leontyne Price.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Going along with my favorite opera, my dream role is Tosca, which will probably always be just a dream!
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:My favorite performance experience so far has been performing Despina in Così fan tutte in Arezzo, Italy.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love being able to communicate with an audience- to be able to take them away from their daily life, even if just for an hour or two.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio!
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: Im a theology nerd who is constantly contacted by nuns to be recruited for Catholic religious life.


 

 

WebCatheryneSHeadshotCatheryne Shuman, Soprano

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Fishers, Indiana

 

 

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We challenged Catheryne to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Der Rosenkavalier.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A:Montserrat Caballé, Kiri Te Kanawa, Amber Wagner, Elīna Garanča, Deborah Voigt.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier; Leonore in Fidelio; Leonora in Il trovatore; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; Senta in Der fliegende Holländer.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:I had the fortune to sing the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos when I was 24.  It was one of the most challenging experiences that I've had, but it basically taught me how to sing.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the musical expression of the stories above all else.  The music is really what does it for me, and add to that storytelling and drama, and you have perfection.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Chocolate peanut butter.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’m an avid cyclist (I typically bike 20 miles a day, even in the Chicago winter).

 

 

riesenheadshotJohn Riesen, Tenor

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
 

 

 

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We challenged John to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:I'd have to say La Boheme, I Pagliacci or The Tales of Hoffmann... It's hard to choose.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Fritz Wunderlich, Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker, and Pavarotti.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Someday, I would love to sing Canio in I Pagliacci, or Cavaradossi in Tosca.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:I think my favorite role has either been Rodolfo in La Boheme or Romeo in Romeo et Juliette
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the depth with which Opera can affect our emotions and lives. The music is so incredibly moving and powerful that it affects the world all around us whether through the way it's impacted modern popular music and culture or through the immediacy of the music itself.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:I love cinnamon flavored ice creams :) (or such things as cinnamon bun ice cream, pumpkin pie ice cream, apple pie Ice cream etc).
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: Before singing, I was an avid baseball player and received All-region pitching and Academic All-State awards.