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.
 

 

Webverticallorenzo1bHRcopyLorenzo Miguel Garcia, Tenor

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

 

 

 

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We challenged Lorenzo to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, and Nicolai Gedda.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Alfredo (La traviata).
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A:I love the poetry aspect of opera.  I love the syntax and the elegance of words used to convey emotion.  The way people communicated back then with their actions and words spewed out more emotion and passion.  I love imagining/portraying how they might have acted and related to one another with their use of words.  The elegant words used, along with the beautiful melody line the composer provides, create an explosive feeling of excitement and passion; an indescribable feeling.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Mint chocolate.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A:I love the taste of strong, burnt coffee…jet fuel I like to call it.
 

 

WebCLARK.STEPHEN.HEADSHOTStephen Clark, Baritone

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Website: www.stephenclarkopera.com

 

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We challenged Stephen to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.
 
Q: Who is your favorite singer?
A: Ferruccio Furlanetto.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Scarpia in Tosca.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: Leporello in Don Giovanni.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A:It makes a unique creative experience by combining different artistic disciplines.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Rocky Road.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I was the captain of my high school’s academic team for two years, making me the Ken Jennings of the opera world!

 

 

webverticalKellyClarkeKelly Clarke, Mezzo-Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

Website: Kellyclarkemezzo.com

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We challenged Kelly to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Don Carlos by Verdi
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Tatiana Troyanos, Elina Garanca, Elena Obraztsova
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Charlotte in Werther, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen in Carmen
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite role was Carmen. Learning how to do flamenco dance moves and play the castanets was super exciting. Also, having so many men in love with you at once has to be a fun experience for any one, no matter how deadly it may be.
 
My favorite singing experience was when I used to volunteer for Triune Mercy Center, a church whose mission was to provide food and housing as well as ministry and support for the homeless population in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Through singing, I was able to speak to a greater cause and comfort those who were in deep distress.  The experience of seeing how affected people were by music and the sense of peace just a simple performance could give them made me decide to begin my journey to become a professional musician.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A:I love how it combines so many art forms while still presenting itself as one entity, and its ability to encompass a range of cultures and topics while still remaining universal. Also, the dresses, the wigs and of course the high notes.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Mint Chocolate Chip
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I love exploring and learning new things…I recently began horseback riding and am taking Mandarin classes.
 

webverticalColemanHeadshotRichard Coleman, Baritone

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas

 

 

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We challenged Richard to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: My favorite opera is, hands down, La Bohème. It was the first show I ever did, and the music has just stayed in my heart ever since. All of the emotion and drama in that show just makes me wanna cry.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: I have so many favorite singers! I think Renee Fleming is one of the best artists of our time. I love her so much. Bryn Terfel has always been an inspiration for me in my music. He makes every part he does so uniquely him. His interpretation of piece will sound like no one else's. Also I love Anna Netrebko. She's the background on my laptop!
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: I have three dream roles actually, Iago from Otello, Don Giovanni, and Count Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro. I love them because they're all such imposing figures on stage. They control all the action of their respective operas, and plus it's fun to play the villain ;)
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: I have to say it was playing Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress this past March with FSU Opera. I love the acting side of opera just as much as the music so it was great to really have to dig deep for a role. Also, it was my first on stage "death", and it was pretty epic!
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A:I love opera so much, because it just takes over all of your emotions. The combination of these amazing stories and unparalleled music can really touch people to their core. That's what drew me to the art form.
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:This is the hardest question of all! I guess I would have to say ... Cookies and Cream. It's the best of so many worlds.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan! I’ve seen every episode and read all the books! I can’t get enough!