American soprano Brittany Infranco, featured performer at the 13th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival

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Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen

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“Some of the other roles I am interested in doing include, Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann, Lakmé in Lakmé and Cunégonde in Candide”

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Where are you from? How did you first get interested in opera or musical theatre? 

I am from Long Island, NY but currently reside in Greensboro, North Carolina. My mom has had a great influence on me and in my musical persuits. She has a private voice and piano studio, so I have been exposed to classical repertoire for as long as I can remember.

When did you start studying voice? Where are you studying now?

I started taking lessons from my mother around age 9. I recently finished my Master’s degree from The University of North Carolina Greensboro under the tutelage of Professor Clara O’Brien. I plan to continue studying with her upon my return to Greensboro this fall.

What came first for you, theatre or music?

Music!

What are your dream roles?

Like every high soprano, I have always dreamed of singing The Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute. I was fortunate to make my Queen debut earlier this summer with the Toronto Summer Opera Workshop. That is a role I hope to be singing for many years to come. Some of the other roles I am interested in doing include, Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann, Lakmé in Lakmé and Cunégonde in Candide.

 What arias, songs or entire roles belonging to other voice types would you like to perform?

I sometimes wish I was a mezzo. I particularly love Rossini and the roles of Rosina in Barber of Seville and Cenerentola in La Cenerentola.

Who are your favourite performing artists?

I am a huge fan of Natalie Dessay, Diana Damrau and the late Beverly Sills.

What are you most enjoying about this summer?

It is always a joy to work with other young artists. What we do is so unique and rewarding; it is great to share these types of experiences with other singers.


Thanks, Brittany! You can see Brittany in her principal role as Frasquita this coming Saturday afternoon, August 12th, at 2 pm at the Dunn Theatre at the Dalhousie Arts Centre!

Are you a participant or staff member this year? Why not submit your own answers to our questionnaire!

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