Web Flaxman.Joseph.HeadshotJoseph Flaxman, Baritone

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Succasunna, NJ
Twitter: @VBaritono

 

 

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We challenged Joseph to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: La Fanciulla del West by Puccini.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Leonard Warren, Ettore Bastianini, Maria Callas... and many more.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Baron Scarpia in Tosca, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite singing experience was an evening of arias and ensembles in small town in northern France, the audience loved the Verdi and Verismo arias I performed, while I fed off their excitement.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: The unapologetic grand scale of honest emotions displayed on stage. Ballet, animals and kids always help!
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Recently, mint chocolate chip.
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I am a gelato-making enthusiast.

 

 

webverticalAntoniaTamerAntonia Tamer, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany
 

 

 

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We challenged Antonia to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A: Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Frederica von Stade... So many more.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Salome!
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A: My favorite role was Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: How it is a mirror to society. Oh, and the DRAMA!
 
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A: Hingham Harbour Sludge from Nona's in Boston!

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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).