WebPeterLakeHeadshotPeter Lake, Tenor

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
 

 

 

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We challenged Peter to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:Tosca by Puccini.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Rodolfo in La bohème, Candide in Candide, and Cavaradossi in Tosca (someday!)
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Camille in Die lustige Witwe.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: Every time I have sung when an infant was present, the child would stop what he/she was doing, or 'saying,' and stare at me mesmerized.  I love that opera has the power to reach every one of us on a level we may not even be able to articulate.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Dulce de leche.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up most of my life in Budapest, Hungary.


 

 

WebBrettHeadshotBrett Sprague, Tenor

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Lakewood, Washington
 

 

 

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We challenged Brett to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten and Die Tote Stadt by Korngold.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Jonas Kaufmann and Fritz Wunderlich.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Peter Grimes and Hoffmann.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Don José in Carmen, with Opera Colorado last season.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love how opera communicates the honesty of the human condition.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:I'm all about coffee ice cream.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A:I’m proudly from the Pacific Northwest and strongly support my hometown Seattle sports teams!


 

 

WebHeadshotstephanieFeigenbaumStephanie Feigenbaum, Mezzo-Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Teaneck, New Jersey
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Stephanie to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:My favorite opera is Le Nozze di Figaro.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Joyce DiDonato, Federica von Stade, Lawrence Brownlee, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: My dream roles include Rosina in Barber of Seville, Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito.
 
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 Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the incredible impact it has on a person's emotions and how the combination of beautiful music and drama transports audiences into a complete story experience.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Cookies and Cream.


 

 

Web RachelArkyHeadshotRachel Arky, Mezzo-Soprano

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Rachel to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: (It's so hard to narrow down! But...) Don Giovanni, Werther, Gianni Schicchi, and Don Carlo.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: (Yup, see above...) Giulietta Simionato, Maria Callas, and Franco Corelli.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: It's so hard to choose just one (or even a few), but some of my top dream roles would be: The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Charlotte (Werther), Eboli (Don Carlo), and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana).
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: One of my favorite performing experiences was singing Berta (in Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Palm Beach Opera in 2014. As much as I love playing vixens and boys, it was so much fun to hobble around the stage as an old lady and portray such a crotchety, serious character in such a bubbling, delicious comedy.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love masterful, moving singing and the skillful collaboration involved in opera. I love those moments during a live performance of an opera when all of the different elements of a production (singing, staging, drama, etc.) come together in beautiful synchronicity, and the audience holds its breath in awe.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Dark chocolate sorbet.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A:One of my life dreams: to be the first opera singer to host Saturday Night Live!


 

 

WEBMusikAyalaHeadshotIsaiah Musik-Ayala, Bass-Baritone

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Ukiah, California
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Isaiah to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:One of my favorite operas is Aida, mainly for the final scene with Aida and Radames buried in the tomb; it has some of my all-time favorite music.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: I love Cesare Siepi and Samuel Ramey.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: My dreams roles include Banquo, Mephistopheles (Gounod's AND Boito's), Mustafa, King Philip, and Nick Shadow.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Picking favorites is hard!...but Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola was particularly fun--he has great music to sing and the character is hilarious. 
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love when everything in an opera comes together and makes me have feelings. But mainly I love amazing singing.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Rocky Road! Coffee ice cream is a close second.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A:I am a card shark and a coffee snob.