Iranian Tenor Koosha Khorramian: featured artist at 2017 Halifax Summer Opera Festival

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Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen

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“In this summer, I am trying to handle my first stage experience as an Opera singer by the help of a professional team, and I hope I could improve my skills and learn from others.”

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

I am from Iran. I used to sing in a choral group back in my country. Having listened to classical music, I was interested in knowing more about opera and classical techniques. Once, one of my friends in choir introduced me an Iranian opera singer who works as singer and teacher in Vienna. Once in two months he traveled to Iran to visit his family and teach some students. As we met each other, and worked together for a while, I became more interested in Opera and decided to continue working on vocal techniques. Although my family have supported my passion of singing Opera, no one in my family listens to Opera except my only sister who is interested in pop classical style and used to sing with me in the same choir group,

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

I started singing in choir group 10 years ago, but it was four years ago when I took my first voice lesson specially for Opera. However, due to the fact that my first teacher was not living were I used to, I did not have the opportunity to have regular voice lessons until I came to Halifax last year and started regular voice lessons in Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts until now.

What are your dream roles?

Overall, I like to perform all roles that is supported by my voice type like Don Jose in Carmen, however, Cavaradossi in Tosca could be the one that I dream of performing, since I found the opera itself as well as the aria “e lucevan le stelle” very interesting which reminds me of my first tries to sing an aria.

Who are your favourite performing artists?

I found the voices of Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli, and Jon Vickers very interesting for my taste. However, in terms of combined acting and singing, I like Placido Domingo’s style.

What are you most looking forward to about this summer?

In this summer, I am trying to handle my first stage experience as an Opera singer by the help of a professional team, and I hope I could improve my skills and learn from others.

Thanks, Koosha!

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