Voice Type: Baritone
Role: Voltaire/Dr Pangloss
Hometown: Maple Ridge/Nanaimo/Coquitlam
Is this your first time performing with DragonDiva?
Nope! It's my third. I was the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe, and Sir Joseph Porter, KCB, in HMS Pinafore.
What attracted you to Candide?
The mix of brains and wit in the writing.
Favourite thing about the role you are playing in Candide?
I get to play bossy and absurd older gentlemen again!
Where do you find inspiration for your role?
These characters get to say and do things I wish I could while teaching in my day job. It's therapeutic!
Favourite part of Candide?
It's hard to say so early on, but I think teaching Sevan 'advanced physics' will be a hoot. Musically, "Make Our Garden Grow" wins hands down.
What attracted you to the operatic stage?
What's not to love about storytelling and music in the most grand way? I did my high school work experience observing Vancouver Opera, and it was a lot of fun.
Would you recommend this opera to someone who has never seen one?
It's got all the romance and adventure of traditional opera, but tons of irreverence mixed in to lighten things up.
Favourite quote from Candide?
"... I'm new at this job and rather behind hand with my meditation on the twelfth enigma behind he fourteenth mystery of the fifth revelation. I hate this part!" -it seems meant for the hippies of the West Coast!
Do you have a secret talent other than singing?
"talent" is a strong word. I have hobbies (like knitting) and dreams, but singing's mostly it for me!
Favourite non-classical music?
Pop, musical theatre, and some folk and R&B. Right now, my favourite song is Rufus Wainwright's Jericho, followed closely by Lake Street Dive's cover of Faith.
Any upcoming performances you'd like to share?
Not at the moment! (unless DragonDiva's pub night counts?)
The talented Mr. Cripps often lends us his voice and his acting talent for our shows. He's a funny and versatile performer, who handles his roles with ease. Don't miss Russel playing the anchor of this show as Voltaire/Pangloss/Governor. Ticket details available on our "upcoming" page.