Voice Type: Tenor
Role: Don Basilio
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Is this your first time performing with DragonDiva?
This is my third time performing with DragonDiva. My first show was Frederick in the Pirates of Penzance, and then Maximilian in Candide.
If this is not your first time, what made you come back to DragonDiva?
I love performing with DragonDiva because they get really creative and breathe new life into operas that have been done countless times. Where else you going see a Bollywood Le Nozze di Figaro? **Editors note: I wouldn't call it Bollywood, but it definitely is set in India :-)
Favourite thing about the role you are playing in Figaro?
Don Basilio just loves drama, loves to stir the pot, and loves to see what happens as a result. That, and the fact that he's a tad creepy.
Where did you find inspiration for your role?
Inspiration has been an interesting one for this particular role and production because I'm getting it from so many places. I looked to real life first, actual people, and then once I got into staging and the creative juices start flowing. Then inspiration came from the music, staging, the director, the conductor, colleagues, and then it grows from there. The character has been building every rehearsal.
What do you enjoy about Mozart?
The challenge. I personally find it deceivingly challenging because it looks easy on paper but tough to execute. It makes me a better musician and singer. Oh, and he writes awesome music! Every tune's a hit!
Why should people come see this show?
This is an all round fantastic show. A classic opera. The singers are fantastic. The sets and costumes look vibrant.
Do you have a secret talent other than singing?
Yes. I love to cook!
Favourite non-classical music?
Radiohead is my favorite band. I've also been listening to a lot of Charles Mingus, especially Mingus Big Band. And shout outs to Artic Monkeys, Lorde, and DeVotchKa.
Favourite quality in a person?
Any upcoming performances you want to share?
Rigoletto with Vancouver Island Opera, and starting a career as a beginning band teacher at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in September.