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!

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

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!