Stephen Fish, baritone apprentice to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, recently checked in with us about his experiences this season. Read his impressions of the season so far below.
This season is off to a great start! Tosca was a huge success, and a great learning experience for me personally. I got to be on stage with some of the best singers I have heard so far in my short time in the busines. I witnessed first hand how Greer Grimsley negotiates the demanding role of Scarpia, and how he communicates the character so effectively. Needless to say, I feel very fortunate to have had that experience!
This is my first encounter with Gilbert and Sullivan, and what a great experience it has been. As a young singer, my charge is to work everyday on all aspects of my performance in hopes that one day I can have a career in this business. It is incredibly valuable to work with the professional opera artists at the Lyric Opera, in terms of realizing what aspects of my craft I need to improve upon. The HMS Pinafore cast is so great to work with, and very considerate of us younger artists. They are all as adept in acting as they are in voice. The best part is we get to watch them in rehearsals and see how they approach their roles, both dramatically and vocally. Equally beneficial was the opportunity to work with Bill Theisen, who shaped a hilarious show, and communicates so well in rehearsals. Also, The extended rehearsal period for this production gave us time to get to know one another and develop a rapport both on and off the stage. All in all, HMS Pinafore has been an excellent educational experience, and a whole lot of fun from an apprentice point of view!