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An Interview with Adam Player – The Travelling Tenor

What do you love about being an opera singer?

The most wonderful thing about being an opera singer is getting to work with amazing creative people all over the world. It is such a team effort to put these great spectacles on, taking imagination, dedication, drama and artistry. I now have the most wonderful and talented friends dotted all over the globe, many of whom would love to perform for our Travelling Tenor groups!

Do you have a favourite opera?

I really love a lot of the operatic repertoire. I will never get tired of hearing and seeing productions of La Boheme or Madama Butterfly but I also love the operas of Britten, Peter Grimes would have to be towards the top of my list. Then there’s Strauss! I love the way Salome really has you on the edge of your seat. Too many good ones!

Who is your favourite opera singer?

The great bass baritone Bryn Terfel was my idol as a young singer, then I became a tenor! I still love him though! Then there’s Jonas Kaufmann, who I heard sing Florestan in Fidelio in Zurich, which was one of the most beautiful performances I have seen live. There are also a huge number of fantastic singers in the UK and Europe that we just don’t get to hear in Australia!

Where would you most like to take a Travelling Tenor group to in the future?

The are some great festivals that I’d love to travel to in the future. I think opera lovers would love Wexford Festival in Ireland, with rarely performed operas presented in the lovely coastal Irish town, and of course I’d love to take a group to La Scala and the Arena di Verona!

Can you tell us something that may surprise us about you?

I have a fridge magnet obsession! Singers that I’ve toured with can attest to this! Everywhere I go I need to collect at least one magnet, usually I end up with more and now I need a bigger fridge…


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