Thursday, December 19, 2013

Meet the District Winners 2014: Brian Vu

Brian Vu
Baritone
Age 24

Aria choices for Region Finals (subject to change)

1. Largo al factotum - Il barbiere di Siviglia - Rossini
2. Mab, la reine des mensonges - Roméo et Juliette - Gounod
3. Robert's Aria - Iolanta - Tchaikovsky
4. Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen - Die Tote Stadt - Korngold
5. Look! Through the port...And farewell to ye - Billy Budd - Britten

Opera Idols: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Brian Vu: My hometown is Orange, CA (The OC, Arrested Development).  I studied at Yale University and some of the roles I have performed are Duke Robert (Iolanta), Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Mercury (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Minskman (Flight).

OI: When did you know you wanted to become an opera singer?

Ottone in "L'incoronazione di Poppea"
Picture courtesy of David Schneiderman
BV: I was always in the high school choir, band and drama club; to spend all my after school hours with friends and make new ones. Singing was so much more fun than studying for that Chemistry final or paper writing the night before the deadline. I entered college with the intention of studying International Development Studies and rushing a fraternity. Somehow, music came back into my life, this time in opera form. The rest is history!

OI: How will you be preparing for the Regionals in the next few weeks?  On the day of the auditions, do you have any rituals you follow?

BV: Rest, gym time and listening to my DJ playlist for inspiration and adrenaline.

OI: Do you have a favorite opera, aria or composer?  Do you have any 'role models' in the opera world?

BV: It's a national anthem, but Juliette's Waltz is such an exciting piece!
Simon Keenlyside would definitely be the opera 'role model.'

OI: What would your dream role be?

 Ottone in "L'incoronazione di Poppea"
Picture courtesy of David Schneiderman
BV: Jack Kelly in Newsies.

OI: Do you have any performances coming up?

I will be singing Marcello in Yale Opera's production of "La Bohème!" Performances are February 14-16th, 2014 at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT.  Tickets can be bought online or at the box office.