Studio Spotlight: Q&A With Angela Theis
Our “Studio Spotlight” series continues this month with our resident soprano, Angela Theis, a Southeast Michigan native! Angela will be making her role debut as “Susanna” in Toledo Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro Feb. 10 and 12. She will also be performing the role of “Beth” in our upcoming production of Little Women March 11-12.
Q: What is your favorite opera and why?
A: “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, and I’m not saying that because I am working on it now! From the moment its famous overture begins, the energy is excitingly palpable, and the music is elegant and clever in a manner only Mozart perfected. The characters and drama are very human, honest, and often humorous, and at the end of the opera, forgiveness prevails—something our world desperately needs. The music is just so infectious and makes me smile!
Q: What has been your favorite performance experience?
A: I’ve never had so much fun on stage as I did singing Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck. I had a brilliant conductor and stage director, who set it in Depression-era Midwest cornfields. It was dramatically so fresh and musically very rewarding to sing over an almost Wagner-like large orchestration.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro” is actually my dream role. I’m singing it now, which is a huge blessing and privilege (not to mention, a huge undertaking since it’s the longest female role in the opera repertoire)! She is so smart, joyful, and strong. Even though the opera has her fiancé’s name in the title, she is the one behind everything!
Q: What’s been the best part about being in the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio program?
A: The best part about this program is the support of the deeply dedicated MOT staff and the exceptionally experienced guest coaches that work with us on a regular basis to help us reach our goals.
Q: What’s the best part about living in Detroit?
A: Getting to work at my hometown opera company (I am honored to have been in the Studio program for its first two inaugural years)! My family lives in the area, so I really enjoy sharing my performances with them and also spending my free time with them.
Q: If you weren’t an opera singer, what would you be?
A: I would be working in marketing for a non-profit, because I like helping organizations connect with their patrons (which I basically get to do as a singer for MOT)!
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I love British drama and comedy!
Michigan Opera Theatre Studio is a resident artist training program focused on supporting the next generation of opera singers. For more information, visit Michigan Opera Theatre Studio.