Friday, April 17, 2015

Ten Questons with Will Liverman

Ten Questions With...


Will Liverman, baritone
Figaro in The Barber of Seville







1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would still be in music, maybe as a teacher or a jazz/gospel pianist.  Perhaps both!

3.  My favorite opera is...
That's a tough one, but I have to go with Turandot.

4.  My favorite pre-show meal is...
A good hearty breakfast the day of a show.

5.  People would be surprised to know that...
I've studied piano for over 20 years.

6.  What is your favorite song to belt out in a bar / the shower / at karaoke?
Sinatra's "My Way."

7.  What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
I have to say I was addicted to Project Runway for a time.

8.  A few of my favorite films are...
Hook, The Patriot, and the Insidious movies.  I love scary movies!

9.  If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?   
Fischer-Dieskau, Eminem, Kirk Franklin, Katy Perry, Ray Charles.

10.  What is the worst costume you've ever worn? 
I was in drag for my first show at Julliard, wearing a white dress and heels with a good wig.  Some would say that I resembled Viola Davis as a woman.

Bonus:  One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q:  What should I eat for dinner?
A:  Wendy's!!


Don't miss the chance to see Will in The Barber of Seville, a classic operatic comedy!  Performances are April 24 and 26 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ten Questions with Emily Fons

Ten Questions With...



Emily Fons, mezzo
Rosina in The Barber of Seville





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Milwaukee and raised in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would work with animals in some way, maybe with wildlife rehabilitation or in an animal shelter.

3.  My favorite opera is...
Hansel and Gretel.

4.  My favorite pre/post-show meal is...
Pre - something filling like a veggie burrito or a big salad with beans and quinoa and avocado.
Post - something terrible like French fries and ice cream.  :)

5.  People would be surprised to know that...
I've been a vegetarian for almost 14 years.

6.  What is your favorite song to belt out at karaoke?
Probably some CĂ©line Dion or something.  :)

7.  What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
Probably my Instagram account.  I love taking selfies with my dog.

8.  A few of my favorite films are...
Death at a Funeral, Noises Off, Clueless, Bridget Jones' Diary, Office Space, Star Wars 4-6, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Babe the Gallant Pig.  I don't aspire to any great artistic knowledge of film, as you can see.

9.  If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?   
The only things I really listen to on my ipod are things that I'm working on, so you'd find a lot of opera.

10.  What is the best costume you've ever worn? 
In Laurent Pelly's production of La Traviata at Santa Fe Opera.

Bonus:  One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q:  Could you please tell us about your dog?
A:  I could talk about her until your ears fall off.  I rescued her when I was an apprentice in Santa Fe, have had her for 5 1/2 years, and she is my best friend.


Don't miss the chance to see Emily in The Barber of Seville, a classic operatic comedy!  Performances are April 24 and 26 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ten Questions with John Irvin

Ten Questions With...


John Irvin, tenor
Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville







1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Atlanta, Georgia.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
Music production / song-writing.

3.  My favorite opera is...
Massenet's Werther.

4.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
A Wendy's double cheeseburger.

5.  People would be surprised to know that...
I make hip hop beats as a hobby on an MC-808, one of my most prized possessions.

6.  What is your favorite song to belt out in a bar / the shower / at karaoke?
"Oh! Darlin'" by The Beatles.

7.  What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
The Walking Dead.

8.  A few of my favorite films are...
Heat, Jackie Brown, Blade Runner.

9.  If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?   
Meek Mill, Neil Young, The Notorious B.I.G., Horace Silver, and Bill Evans.

10.  What is the best or worst costume you've ever worn? 
Best AND worst costume was a mummy costume I wore in first grade for Halloween.  I was wrapped completely from head to toe in gauze... It looked great, but I couldn't move an inch!

Bonus:  One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q:  Excuse me, sir, would you like a bag of money?
A:  Why yes, I would love a bag of money.  Thank you!


Don't miss the chance to see John in The Barber of Seville, a classic operatic comedy!  Performances are April 24 and 26 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.