Voice Type: Dramatic Mezzo
Role: The Old Lady
Hometown: Abbotsford, B.C.
Is this your first time performing with DragonDiva?
Yes, this is my first performance with DragonDiva, but hopefully not my
What attracted you to Candide?
The music of Leonard Bernstein is iconic, with memorable melodic lines and quirky rhythmic motives. Candide paints people in caricature comically exaggerated, but still readily recognizable.
Favourite thing about the role you are playing in Candide?
The Old Lady is a resourceful old codger who, in her own opinion, has never lost the “it” factor.
Where did you find inspiration for your role?
A strange alchemy combining the singing of Crista Ludwig, the comic talent of Cloris Leachman, and the elocution of Natasha Fatale have inspired this my role.
Favourite part of Candide?
The beloved hero, Candide, who in his naive and bumbling way rescues, the princess, remains my favourite role of the opera. With only innocence and altruism in his heart he manages to relieve Cunagonde of her oppressors.
What attracted you to the operatic stage?
A well told tale has long been part of my family tradition, and music has been an integral part of our gatherings. Opera provides what may be the ultimate combination of story and song.
Would you recommend this opera to someone who has never seen one? Why?
Candide would be a great opera for a first time audience member. The music is engaging, everything is in English, and the storyline is easy to follow. The liberal dose of sarcastic humour doesn't tweak anything but the funnybone.
Favorite quote from Candide?
“Sent off to drown in a leaky skiff...doomed to an eternal diet of crustacea and coconuts!”
Do you have a secret talent other than singing?
I enjoy bargain hunting at thrift shops and sale racks for home decor and items of clothing. I am also an aspiring jazz pianist.
Favorite non-classical music?
I enjoying listening to, and singing, the music of the Black Gospel greats, such as Mahalia Jackson. My playlist includes vintage tunes by Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, and Tower of Power.
Any upcoming performances you want to share?
I will be singing with Jubilate Chamber Choir's presentation of Winter Light, December 14, 2013.
Don't miss your chance to see this amazing new addition to the DragonDiva family in action. She's a dynamic, engaging, larger than life performer. She makes a fine Old Lady (but we should point out that she really isn't old at all) :-)