Oddball Role

October 23, 2019   

I’ve just been hired to perform Melchior, the baritone role, in Amahl and the Night Visitors for Cleveland Opera Theater! I double-checked with them to make sure that’s what they wanted, as I’ve sung the bass role, Balthazar, numerous times since I was an undergrad. Welp, they really do want me to sing Melchior.

Looking at it more closely, the role can reasonably be sung by a bass-baritone, but I’ve so far been very clear about labelling myself as a bass who can sing some bass-baritone roles (e.g. Porgy). I guess it’s time for a stretch. Tallyho!