“My family has supported my education and encouraged me time and time again to pursue my dreams of having a career in music performance!”Kaitlyn Krogh
Where are you from? How did you first get interested in opera or musical theatre?
I am from Simi Valley, California, which is a small town about twenty minutes outside of Los Angeles. Thanks to my love of Disney movies as a young child, I always had a love for music, story telling, and for the arts in general. My parents saw that I was always singing or putting on little performances for them, so they often took me to see musicals at the both the community theatre and at larger venues in Los Angeles too. When the opportunity arose, my parents encouraged me to participate in my elementary school’s choir. Ever since joining choir in second grade, music has been a large part of who I am. I continued singing in high school, which is where I fell in love with musical theatre, and where the opera bug started to hit through study in private lessons. My passion for music and performing continued to grow through each production I participated in, and eventually lead me to majoring in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance at Biola. Although no one else in my family is a musician or really listens to opera, I am beyond blessed with their support. My family has supported my education and encouraged me time and time again to pursue my dreams of having a career in music performance.
When did you start studying voice? Where are you studying now?
I started taking voice lessons when I was 13 years old. I began to study classical singing, musical theatre, jazz, and pop voice with Heidi Yost when I was 15. I then attended Biola University, where I studied with Dr. Jeanne Robison and earned by Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. I now study with Joel Balzun.
What came first for you, theatre or music?
Music definitely came first for me! As it kid, it was rare if I was found not singing something, whether it be a commercial’s jingle, a Disney song, or some pop song from the radio. I didn’t start studying theatre until my first musical theatre production when I was 12.
What are your dream roles?
I have so many dream roles, but I would have to say that the one at the top of my list would be Susanna from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” I love the music in this opera and the plot in general, but even more than that, I adore Susanna as a character. I have always loved that she is three-dimensional and very relatable, having moments of wit, will, and strength throughout the opera.
What arias, songs or entire roles belonging to other voice types would you like to perform?
If I could be a mezzo soprano, I would love to sing the role of Angelina (Cenerentola) in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” After all, who wouldn’t want to be Cinderella for a day?
Who are your favourite performing artists?
I love listening to Dawn Upshaw, Diana Damrau, Anna Netrebko, and Joyce DiDonato! While they are all quite different from one another, I really appreciate the way that they all phrase and include so much emotion and story-telling when they sing.
What’s the most embarrassing song on your phone/tablet/streaming playlist?
Oh my goodness, I have far too many guilty pleasures! I hate to admit it, but I do have “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus currently on my iPod. I can’t bring myself to take it off – it always makes me smile and want to dance!
What are you most looking forward to about this summer?
I’m really looking forward to meeting other singers, getting to explore a new city, the process of putting on a production, and getting to focus on music more than work.
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