GOSHEN — Goshen native Anthony Kalil has been awarded a Richard Trucker Career Grant, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. He currently lives in New York.
The grant is awarded to three of America’s top young opera singers who are selected after a by-invitation-only audition in New York City, according to officials with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
The New York Times praised Kalil as an “excellent tenor” with a voice that has “ping and richness.”
He is a member of the Lidemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Kalil made his Met debut as the Young Man in “Die Frau Ohne Schatten,” conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and performed as the First Armed Man in “The Magic Flute,” during the 2013-2014 season.
The 32-year-old sang the title role in Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini” in the Met and Juilliard scenes program conducted by James Levine.
Kalil will be seen at the Met in New York, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Santa Fe Opera.
Below is a Goshen News e-mail interview with Anthony Kalil:
What are your ties with Goshen?
My family moved away from Goshen when I was in fifth grade and they moved back after I had left for college. They currently live in Goshen and I enjoy the time I get to spend in Goshen when I can get away. I graduated from Forest City High School in Forest City, Iowa.
How did you get interested in opera?
I started singing operatically when I was 17 years old. I attended Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and worked with a teacher who found the operatic sound in my voice. I attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where I studied voice, but halfway through my second year, I left school and singing. Between the age of 19 and 28, I did not sing at all. At the age of 28, I started singing again and for two years I was singing locally in the area near Seattle, Wash. Between the ages of 19 and 30, I also worked for the Sherwin Williams Company until 2012, when I joined the Lindemann young artist development program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.