WebAubryBHfallAubry Ballaro-Hagadorn, Soprano

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Buffalo, New York
 

 

 

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We challenged Aubry to a 30-second interview. Here is what she told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:My favorite opera is Puccini's Tosca.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Some of my favorite singers are Patricia Racette, Beverly Sills, and Leontyne Price.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Going along with my favorite opera, my dream role is Tosca, which will probably always be just a dream!
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:My favorite performance experience so far has been performing Despina in Così fan tutte in Arezzo, Italy.
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love being able to communicate with an audience- to be able to take them away from their daily life, even if just for an hour or two.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio!
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: Im a theology nerd who is constantly contacted by nuns to be recruited for Catholic religious life.


 

 

riesenheadshotJohn Riesen, Tenor

Apprentice Artist

 

Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
 

 

 

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We challenged John to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:I'd have to say La Boheme, I Pagliacci or The Tales of Hoffmann... It's hard to choose.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: Fritz Wunderlich, Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker, and Pavarotti.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: Someday, I would love to sing Canio in I Pagliacci, or Cavaradossi in Tosca.
 
Q: What was your favorite singing experience so far or your favorite role that you have performed?
A:I think my favorite role has either been Rodolfo in La Boheme or Romeo in Romeo et Juliette
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: I love the depth with which Opera can affect our emotions and lives. The music is so incredibly moving and powerful that it affects the world all around us whether through the way it's impacted modern popular music and culture or through the immediacy of the music itself.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:I love cinnamon flavored ice creams :) (or such things as cinnamon bun ice cream, pumpkin pie ice cream, apple pie Ice cream etc).
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: Before singing, I was an avid baseball player and received All-region pitching and Academic All-State awards.


 

 

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.


 

 

webMatthewArnoldcolorMatthew Arnold, Tenor

Studio Artist

 

Hometown: Sparta, New Jersey
 
 

 

 

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We challenged Matthew to a 30-second interview. Here is what he told us:
 
Q: What is your favorite opera?
A:I always find myself coming back to I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.
 
Q: Who are your favorite singers?
A: There are way too many to list, but the ones at the top of my list are: Lauritz Melchior, Enrico Caruso, Giuseppe Giacomini, James King, Hans Hotter, Hermann Prey, Leonard Warren, Birgit Nillson, Renata Tebaldi, Kirsten Flagstad.
 
Q: What are your dream roles?
A: My dream role has changed since transitioning to Tenor!  I would definitely have to say now it is Lohengrin.
 
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 so far is certainly Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. 
 
Q: What do you love about opera?
A: Opera combines my two great passions in life, Music and History.  To me, performing these operatic masterpieces is like bringing a little piece of history to life every time I get on stage.
Q: What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
A:Call me boring, but my favorite flavor is Vanilla!!
 
Q: What else should we know?
A: I love early Jazz music and I sang with a big band for several years.


 

 

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!