By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL email@example.com
---- — 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.
How do you feel about receiving the Richard Tucker Career Grant?
To receive this prize is an honor and at the same time very humbling. I never imagined, four years ago, that I would be able to have a career doing what I love. But also to be recognized by such a prestigious organization that has been involved in launching some of the best singers to come from the United States, is such an honor. I look at the list of past winners and can’t believe that I am on that list now.
What do you like about opera and what sets it apart from other music?
What I love about opera is that you have the opportunity to take a piece of work from any number of great composers, current or past, and make it your own. Each singer, I believe, interprets what the composer put on the page differently. I think it comes from each person’s personal life experiences and when we are looking at roles we tap into those life experiences. So you may see the same opera with different actors and singers and it will always be a different experience depending on the cast. I also love the collaboration of the orchestra and the musicians on stage, the stage director and the actors and all of the pieces that never get seen. There are so many pieces of the puzzle when creating live theater and unless they all come together, it just doesn’t work.
Just the Facts z Name: Anthony Kalil z Age: 32 z Hometown: Goshen z Current Town: New York, N.Y. z Daytime Job: Opera Singer z Education: Forest City High School graduate and studied at Wartburg College. Currently part of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program z Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, travel, football, basketball and baseball