Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ten Questions with Jamie-Rose Guarrine



Ten Questions with...




Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano







1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:
Traveling to new places all over the world and working with great colleagues and companies. 


2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is:
It's funny, but the same thing:  traveling and being apart from my family is by far the most difficult part of the job, I would say.
 

3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is:
Karita Mattila in recital with Martin Katz in Minneapolis - amazing and she did the splits!
 

4. A few of my favorite films are:
Lord of the Rings trilogy - I'm a Tolkien nut! 


5. Three things I can’t live without are: 
1. My iphone, since it's the contact point for my husband, family, and cats.
2. Music - any form, any time.
3. A comfortable pair of shoes. 

6. My number one hobby is: 
Cooking and entertaining. 

7. If you could perform with any singer that is retired or deceased, who would it be?  
I would want to travel back in time and sing Susanna with Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau singing the Count! 

8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? 
A position that involved travel and seeing the world! 

9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing (because it’s the wrong voice type / gender)?
Tosca.  Stab that bad guy and jump off a castle?  That's pretty awesome. 

10. Describe your favorite moment on stage.
Backstage at the Santa Fe Opera waiting to take the stage, with the sun setting over the mountains.

Come hear Jamie-Rose at Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 26 at 8pm.  FREE ADMISSION!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ten Questions with Kelly Markgraf

Ten Questions with...





Kelly Markgraf, baritone







1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:
That the challenges and learning never ends.


2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is:That the challenges and learning never ends.  And the travel. :)

3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is:

James Taylor concert just a few weeks ago in Houston, where we live.  He's 66, still has his voice and all of his spirit.  An amazing performer.


4. A few of my favorite films are: 
The Lion in Winter, The Philadelphia Story, Contact
.

5. Three things I can’t live without are: 
My wife, my daughter, and tea.

6. My number one hobby is:

Discovering new teas.

7. If you could perform with any singer that is retired or deceased, who would it be?
Bobby Darin.


8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in? 
Antique restoration.
 
9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing because it’s the wrong voice type/gender? 
Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.


10. Describe your favorite moment on stage.

During a season of summer stock theater in 2001, the lights in the theater went out.  All power was down.  The audience, refusing to accept that the show wouldn't go on, went to their cars and procured dozens of flashlights.  Some held theirs over the edge of the pit, some shone them from their seats onto the stage.  One man even parked his car at the side door of the stage, shining his headlights through the open door and onto the stage.  And the show went on.  That was magic.

Come hear Kelly at Opera in the Park on July 26 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE Admission!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ten Questions with Sean Panikkar

Ten Questions with...


Sean Panikkar, tenor



1. My favorite thing about being a singer is:

All of the travel.  I love seeing new places and experiencing new things while being paid to do so.



2. The greatest challenge in being a singer is:  
All of the travel.  Being on the road away from your home and family can be very challenging.  People take for granted the little things, like sleeping in their own bed. 

3. A live music performance I’ve attended that I will never forget is:
I saw Billy Joel and Elton John perform at the old Veteran Stadium in Philly and it was amazing. 


4. A few of my favorite films are:
I love superhero movies, and if a Bourne movie is on TV, I can't change the channel. 

5. Three things I can’t live without are:
God, my family, and music. 

6. My number one hobby is:
Home improvement projects.  I was a double major in engineering and music, so that kind of thing feeds the other side of my brain. 

7. If you could perform with any singer that is retired or deceased, who would it be?
Shirley Verrett.  She was a professor at Michigan while I was there and I got to know her quite well, even though she wasn't my professor.  I am so thankful for youtube and the ability to see the greats do their thing.  I was so sad when she passed away a few years ago. 

8. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would be in construction.  My lifelong dream, prior to music, was to own a construction company that did not only the engineering/construction, but also the architectural design. 

9. What role do you wish you could sing that you could never sing because it’s the wrong voice type/gender?
I would love to be a Verdi baritone.  All of the Verdi baritone roles are so good. 

10. Describe your favorite moment on stage. 
My Metropolitan Opera debut was really special. I was just out of the San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship and I was performing Edmondo in Manon Lescaut. I was in my mid-twenties and I was so excited to be at the Met. James Levine was conducting and the production was simulcast into the movie theaters. That first performance at a place that you have dreamed of performing is really cool.  

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer). 
Q: What is one of your quirks related to being a singer?
A: I am an obsessive germaphobe. Singers rarely, if ever, feel 100%. We all wake up and the first thing we check is whether our voice is ok. Being a germaphobe comes out of necessity. If we catch even a cold, we are at a severe disadvantage. I am constantly washing my hands. Even my 5 and 2 year old children know to cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow.

Come hear Sean at Opera in the Park on July 26 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE Admission!