Bass Thomas Brosky: featured 2017 Halifax Opera Festival artist

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“I love Mozart!! There is special kind of joy in his music that only exists in this world because of it. Naturally, I would love to be a Papageno, Figaro, or Leperello in the fullness of time.”

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

I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I guess musical theatre came first for me, with plays in elementary school and then high school, doing roles like Sky Masterson in Guys and Dollls, and Bernardo in Westside Story. My parents aren’t particularly enamoured by musical theatre or opera, though they have always supported me no matter what I decide to do.

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

The best musical education I have received so far was as a choral scholar in the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, where I was a choral scholar for three years under the direction of the 5 time Grammy award winning musician Paul Halley. At the moment I am studying in Jason Davis’ private studio, and I hope to be accepted into a voice program at the university level in September 2018.

What came first for you, theatre or music?

That’s such an interesting question!!! I guess theatre came first for me, since when I was in elementary school all the older kids had to perform abridged Shakespeare plays. I can remember playing Macbeth and also having a minor role in Romeo and Juliet. Most of my musical experience has come from singing in choirs in high school.

What are your dream roles?

I love Mozart!! There is special kind of joy in his music that only exists in this world because of it. Naturally, I would love to be a Papageno, Figaro, or Leperello in the fullness of time.

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

Well if i was a tenor I suppose I would love to be able to do those huge show stopping numbers like Nessun Dorma, or Vesti la Giubba

Who are your favourite performing artists?

Bryn Terfel and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau seem like obvious choices, and when I was growing up I think the only CD I ever had in my discman (I know, I’m old) was an assortment of musical theatre songs sung by Colm Wilkinson. In terms of popular artists, my two favourite would have to be The Tallest Man on Earth, and Robyn.

What’s the most embarrassing song on your phone/tablet/streaming playlist?

Hahaha, I think I might actually have one of Kevin Federline’s singles kicking around in my playlist somewhere, and for this I don’t think I can ever be forgiven.

What are you most looking forward to about this summer?

I most looking forward to meeting other young artists and just having a good time!! The strongest feelings of belonging for me have always been associated with theatre and musical productions, and it’s been far too long since I’ve been a part of one, so I’m just looking forward to savouring the experience.

Thanks, Tom!

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