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