UGA Opera Theatre Student Spotlight
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA
UGA program/major: Vocal Performance
Year in school: Senior
What is your earliest musical memory? Choreographing and singing a performance of N’sync, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears covers.
Does anybody else in your family work in music related business? No
Do you play any other musical instrument? I play guitar and piano as well.
Do you have any experience, as an audience member, that influenced you as a musician? Seeing Nathan Gunn at the Metropolitan Opera as Papegeno was highly influential in my desire to sing opera.
When did you start considering vocal performance? My junior and senior year of high school, I discovered a love for music making and singing, especially choral and solo music.
What do you consider as a milestone in your performance career? Performing the role of Gideon March in the European debut of Mark Adamo’s Little Women in Brugge, Belgium.
What was your favorite scene in past UGA Opera Theatre productions? The Act I finale of The Pirates of Penzance. Some incredible singing all around and everybody was freestyle dancing or doing some wonderfully weird things.
What is your favorite scene in the next UGA Opera Theatre production? The quintet. Great singing, beautiful acting, and some of the most stunning music in the opera.
Do you have any hobby? I love to write music of all genres, but I particularly enjoy writing choral and electronic dance music.
If you could be or do anything else – what would it be? A television actor.
If you could go back in time, when and where would you like to live? I couldn’t imagine living in anytime but the present, but if I had to choose it would be quite fascinating to live in England in the early 1900’s. Yes I am referring to the period depicted in Downton Abbey.
If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? C.S. Lewis, W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr.
What is your dream opera role? The count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Your career goals: I am currently applying for my master’s degree in Choral Conducting and intend to continue to sing in operas, conduct and perform in choirs, write and perform music, but most importantly to show people the joy and freedom music making can bring to the soul as many current professionals have shown me.
Is there any interesting opera backstage story you would like to share? I can tell you I have discovered that people do some crazy things back stage.
What one word would you use to describe yourself? Eclectic.