Voice Type: Baritone
Hometown: Hualien, Taiwan
Is this your first time performing with DragonDiva?
No, my first performance with DragonDiva was in their production of Old Maid and the Thief. I played the role of a SFX man. It was a non-singing role, but a fun performance nonetheless.
If this is not your first time, what made you come back to DragonDiva?
I’ve worked with Jeanine and John closely in other productions, and I’ve always enjoyed working with them. Marriage of Figaro is one of my favourite operas. It’s a good combination.
Favourite thing about the role you are playing in Figaro?
Figaro is one of those roles that sits in every baritone’s repertoire. And being one of the most performed operas in the world, there’s been thousands of different interpretations. Yet every performance of Figaro is unique because the characters, while archetypal, are also multidimensional and true. I think everyone can see a little piece of themselves in each character.
Where did you find inspiration for your role?
It’s hard to perform your favourite role. There’s a preconceived idea going of how you think the character should be. Then you consult your favourite interpretations by other performers, and of course internalize the input from the stage and musical directors. It ends up being this Frankenstein’s monster. It’s one of the most difficult things in opera: Take the melodrama and make it as truthful and realistic as possible, without downplaying the ridiculousness of the situations.
What do you enjoy about Mozart?
It’s hard to put into words the feeling I got when I first heard the last 10 minutes of the Marriage of Figaro. I think that’s what I most admire about his music, it awakens emotions we do not have vocabulary to describe.
Why should people come see this show?
The music is beautiful, the situations are hilarious yet poignant, and the singing will be fantastic. Our director Jeanine has taken an eastern spin on the classic tale and set the production in India. How will a French play set in Spain reinterpreted by an Italian and set to music by an Austrian tie in to India? You’ll have to see it to find out.
Do you have a secret talent other than singing?
Photography is something close to my heart. I also design and code websites.
Favourite non-classical music?
Prog rock and alt rock. Probably Radiohead.
Favourite quality in a person?