Brian Michael Moore
Aria choices for the Region Finals (subject to change)
1. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz - Das Land des Lächelns - Lehàr
2. Dei miei bollenti spiriti - La Traviata - Verdi
3. In qual fiero contrasto… Tradito, schernito - Così fan tutte - Mozart
4. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée - Carmen - Bizet
5. Ah! Viens dans la forêt profonde - Lakmé - Delibes
Opera Idols: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Brian Michael Moore: I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. I lived there all my life until I started school at the Manhattan School of Music, where I am currently in my third year. I've loved music since I was little because my parents made my brother, sister and myself take piano lessons when we were very young. I was a very active child; playing a lot of sports and learning to play the piano. When I was 8 years old, I was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma in my left leg. I had surgery to remove it followed by a year of chemotherapy and radiation; and I came out fine in the end. My leg recovered, and I was very active with sports again, until three and a half years later my arm started hurting. I thought it was just a pulled muscle from playing basketball, but when it got progressively worse, my mother took me to my doctor. We eventually found out that it was osteosarcoma, a different type of bone cancer. I had a very involved surgery on my shoulder, another year of chemotherapy, and again I came out fine. I have been cancer-free for nine years.
OI: When did you know you wanted to become an opera singer?
BM: I couldn't play the piano during my recovery. That's when I learned how much I loved music and missed playing the piano. Eventually I regained the use of my arm and the nurses would bring a keyboard to my hospital room so I could practice while getting treatment. I have been playing the piano ever since. Even though cancer robbed me of part of my childhood, I like to think that cancer gave me a gift by helping me realize my love for music.
|VSA International Young Soloist Competition|
at the Kennedy Center (2013 Winner)
My older sister Lauren studied voice in high school and college and I loved to see her perform! I wanted to take voice lessons too but my mother wanted me to wait until high school to make sure I was mature enough. So when I went to high school, I was lucky enough to be accepted to take voice lessons with a highly recommended teacher in Cincinnati named Karl Resnik. I wasn't very good at all for my first year, but I really started having confidence when I won my first competition as a sophomore in high school... against much older people. I joined all the musicals and had a blast singing classical music as well whenever I could, even though my opportunities were limited. After being cast in the Cincinnati Opera chorus as a high school junior at 17-years-old, I got to see first hand what being in a professional opera was like and I loved it! I then decided to pursue a degree in voice.
OI: How will you be preparing for the Region Finals? On the day of the auditions, do you have any rituals you follow?
BM: I will be preparing probably much the same way as the other singers - practice practice practice. And occasional resting, I don't want to blow out my voice before the next round. On the day of the competition though, I usually wake up some ridiculous number of hours beforehand, go for a walk to get my morning juices flowing, and then take it easy until the competition.
|Ein Tierhandler in Strauss's |
Der Rosenkavalier at Cincinnati Opera
OI: Do you have a favorite opera, aria, composer? Do you have any 'role models' in the opera world?
BM: My favorite opera tends to be the one I'm currently in, but I'd have to say overall I really love Faust by Gounod. My favorite arias are always changing as well, but my two favorites right now are probably Faust's aria and Don Jose's aria from Carmen, which I will be offering in the next round! I tend to listen to Roberto Alagna for a lot of my french rep, especially his Romeo, but I would definitely not consider him a role model… I think I'll go with Pavarotti as far as overall voice and success is concerned!
OI: What would your dream role be?
BM: My dream role is definitely Don Jose. While I like Faust and Romeo as operas better than Carmen, the role of Don Jose is right up my alley, and I greatly hope I'll be able to play it some day.
OI: What does it mean to be a District Winner?
BM: I am greatly honored and it certainly means a lot to be a district winner, especially at such a young age! I guess it just puts a perspective on things in a way that other competitions or auditions really can't - it's the Metropolitan Opera, the end-all be-all for the success of a singer. It really is a great confidence boost to be selected to move on. However, having already sung in this space and for Ms. Nichols, I do feel a lot less nervous than I would otherwise be, and less nervous than I was in the first round.
OI: What performances do you have coming up?