April 20, 2016
An interview with Andrew Potter (Sparafucile)
by Larry Kellum
- LK…How did you get started in this business?
- AP…Like most basses, I started life as a high boy soprano. I sang in the high school choir, received my undergrad degree in vocal performance at Liberty Univ. in my native Virginia, and participated in many young artist programs. I sang all kinds of things………small roles, musicals, Gilbert&Sullivan….and studied with baritone Braedon Harris, but I didn’t seriously consider a singing career until I was 27…………and that was five years ago!
- LK…What was your official debut role?
- AP… Ariodate in Handel’s “Serse”.
- LK…Favorite role now, and dream role for the future?
- AP… At the moment, Mephistopheles, but my goal is Wagner’s Dutchman. I would also love to sing Olin Blitch in Floyd’s “Susannah”.
- LK… In between these CLO runs of “Faust” and “Rigoletto”, you snuck off to do the Commendatore in “Don Giovanni” in Colorado. After “Rigoletto”, what’s next?
- AP… Engagements for roles in “Boris Godunov” and “William Tell”.
- LK… What is performance day like for you?
- AP… I lead a normal life. Unlike many singers, I will speak, eat a light dinner, and even work out or have a glass of red wine.
- LK… Distant future plans?
- AP… I plan on singing until I no longer can. I wouldn’t mind teaching someday, but only at the very end, and in my own studio if possible.
- LK… This is your first Sparafucile. Any thoughts on the role?
- AP… While its not a title role, its a great part, I love it, and am looking forward to singing it with such a great cast!
- LK… So are we!! Thank you!