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.


 

 

WEBSOTOBAYOMIheadshotcolorLaura Soto-Bayomi, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Secaucus, New Jersey
 
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Laura to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:The Rake’s Progress and La Traviata
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Elly Ameling, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Renee Fleming
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Anne Trulove, Lohengrin
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: Nothing in opera is ridiculous as long as you commit to the intention. And because instead of talking, people sing! What’s not to like? ;)
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Cookie dough or pistachio
 
Q: What else should we know?
A:I’m a Netflix addict.


 

 

WebHawkinsHeadshothrLeah Hawkins, Mezzo-Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
 
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Leah to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: I can't say that I have a favorite.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: FLORENCE QUIVAR. Everyone should know her name! Such a fantastic singer. Also, Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry, Christa Ludwig, Elena Obraztsova.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Haha. I'd love to get to the point where I'm singing so well that fach no longer matters. That said: Carmen, Dalila, Ulrica, Lady Macbeth, Santuzza, Turandot and Mimi.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite singing experience? So far it would have to be Lee Hoiby's Bon Appétit where an episode of Julia Child's cooking show is set to music. It is a one-woman show where I had to make cake batter ON STAGE. It was slightly difficult music, but the real challenge was multi-tasking. Singing correct notes and rhythms is pretty challenging when you're beating eggs to stiff peaks! I'm not known for my cooking prowess so I had to go home and practice whisking, beating, folding and everything in between. I have a new-found respect for chefs and bakers alike! It challenged me as a singer and an artist and, for that, I have become a better actress. Also, it taught me how to be fearless and have fun on stage. Julia Child wasn't afraid of making mistakes and being awkward, so why should I? I had to let go of nerves and worries and bake a chocolate cake!
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the process of taking a concept and watching it grow and develop. I love that I have the ability to effect how a person feels. Few things are more magical than the moment when you lock in and connect with an audience. And it doesn't matter if it is an audience of 1 or 1000-that inexplicable connection to another human being-THAT is why I sing and THAT is why I love performing opera.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Coffee and cookie dough ice cream=heaven.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’ve traveled to every continent except Antarctica-but I haven’t been to Canada. I’m hoping to change that this summer!


 

 

WebFritzPhoto-AlisonK-008Alison King, Soprano

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
 
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Alison to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:I feel like my favorite opera shifts from year to year. I absolutely love Russian and American operas. Lately I have become obsessed with the music from Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti to name a few. I recently saw Stephanie Blythe as Baba in The Rake's Progress, which was incredible!
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: I am getting to cover my dream role this summer...Tatiana in Eugene Onegin
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite role was playing Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress. I absolutely love the music in that opera. A favorite singing experience, though, was when I sang at Carnegie Hall for the first time....that feeling was simply magical.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: What I love about opera is the incredible characters and stories that are set with music. They are so powerful that they have the ability to move an audience to tears or laughter.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Coffee ice cream!!!
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I sang back up for Burt Bacharach when I was 10 and I absolutely love Teavana!! 


 

 

WebAddieHamiltonAddie Hamilton, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
 
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Addie to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Easy. Tales of Hoffman.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: I adore Beverly Sills (who doesn't?) and Anita Hartig.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: I first discovered my love for opera watching The Marriage of Figaro and have always secretly wanted to play Cherubino.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My two favorite roles that I have sung are Pamina in The Magic Flute and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Two VERY different characters.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: Opera has the ability to transport us to a time, place, and emotion of our choosing. Through the music, we are often guided to these places, but the best is when we are swept.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Salted Caramel :)
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I’m “Ambipedal”- I can write with both of my feet.