Kip Sawyer, 18 years old.
University of Toronto student.
1. How were you introduced to opera?
It was a natural progression from my enjoyment of musical theatre. I
really liked shows with romantic or dramatic music like The Light in the Piazza, or The Phantom of the Opera, especially the Canadian cast
recording featuring the COC's own Rebecca Caine. I realized I should give opera a try since so many of the shows I liked had some operatic influence.
2. What was your first opera?
It was the premiere of Life is a Dream at the Santa Fe Opera.
The production was well done, but I disliked the
opera because it was too atonal for my tastes. After that, it was over a year and a half
until I saw another opera, which was Iphigenia in Tauris at the COC (I listened to and watched a number of recordings in the time
between, it's just hard to see live opera when you're in Maine!)
3. How did you find out about the Opera Under 30 program?
Part of my decision to come to
Toronto from Maine was all the art and culture that Toronto had to offer over
some of the smaller cities where I had been accepted to universities. Thus,
some of my university research led me to the COC's
website, where I saw the info about the Opera Under 30 program.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001