06. September 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

During her college days, Rebecca Davis imagined she would be a country singer — especially after spending six months on the road with her aunt, Grammy-winning country performer Suzy Bogguss, singing backup on tunes like “Drive South.”
Davis remembers part of the chorus: We can go south with a smile on, Ain’t going to pack my nylons! Just leave these legs showin’, It gets hot down where we’re goin’.
The soprano’s impromptu performance, during an interview at the offices of Opera San Jose, doesn’t exactly conform to stereotypes of opera singers. But Davis, getting ready for a leading role in the company’s opening-night cast of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” at the California Theatre, could not care less.
She doesn’t even see that much of a leap from country to opera: “I liked singing country songs, because of the stories they tell. And I think that’s why I transitioned so well to opera. Because I love the stories.”

Do read the whole thing. I really enjoyed it!

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