10. January 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

… nice to see news of those who have been with the company:

Scott Bearden plays the title role in Mercury Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Falstaff, an opera about a retired knight who gets tricked at his own game. When he mentioned the role to his father, his father replied, “It’s really not that much of a stretch for you.”

Bearden’s response? “No you’re right, it probably really isn’t.”

That’s not because Bearden is deceitful or gullible in real life. It’s because he’s known for having a plump baritone voice and detailed facial expression needed for the character. And as a guy who’s as big as his voice, he fits the part.

In opposition to his size, Bearden began his musical life as a flute and piccolo player, which he played through college, eventually transitioning into singing. He received his graduate degree in voice from the Manhattan School of Music and still lives in New York City.

(I had a link to the article but it has since disappeared.)

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