The 2015 Halifax Summer Opera Festival featured performer: Meghan Hopkins!

Artist Name: Meghan Hopkins.
Voice type: mezzo soprano
Role you’re singing this year: Mrs Ott in Susannah

Tell us where you’re from!

I’m from London, Ontario and it was actually my vocal teacher that got me interested in opera/classical music. My first experience with opera type music was when I saw a production of Phantom of the Opera. The enticing high notes of the characters made me want to sing and be as powerful as them!

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

I started studying voice in grade 10, which seems quite late in the singer world. I am currently studying at Western University, under the tutelage of Bethany Horst.

What came first for you: theatre or music?

Acting is a true passion of mine. I love the written play and the emotion it can evoke. I bring my passion of acting to my music, to make it truly believable.

What are your dream roles? Why?

My dream role for opera is Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. I love the comedic relief the character brings to the story, I also believe he represents the deep emotions of love.
My dream musical theatre role is Eponine in Les Miserables. Eponine represents the rejections we all face in life and I would be honoured to represent such a strong emotional character.

How can we keep opera a relevant art form for young people? What is the future of opera?

As an optimist, I think the future of opera is a bright one. I think singing English opera’s are a way to relate to younger audiences, but opera’s in other languages can be intriguing! If we can introduce young people to the stories in opera that are still relevant today, I think it can become a more relevant art form.

What are you most looking forward to about this summer?

I’m looking forward to meeting and learning wonderful music with everyone! I’m excited to be working with wonderful staff and the other young artists within the program. I’m also excited to experience beautiful Halifax and perform my first operatic role!

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

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