Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chunks?! You can't handle these Chunks!

Testing- one...two...Unique New York.  Unique New York. The human torch was denied a bank loan. Twenty thousand roaring orcs.  Ok, we're good.

Figured it was time to drop some more Chunks your way so without further ado...

Kimberly Sogioka

Kim Sogioka's "...clear, vivid mezzo-soprano gleams with heartbreaking empathy."  Besides being a badass performer and amazing singer, she is a phenomenal person.  She is that friend who always has the best stories and not in that "my stories are better than yours" way.  She's just done some incredible things!  She's sung an aria on top of Kilimanjaro!!!!  I mean come on!!  That's just badass.  I can't imagine how taxing it would be to sing at the altitude.  I can't sing after walking up a flight of stairs let alone 19,000 feet above sea level.  Upcoming gigs for Ms. Sogioka include Stephano in R&J and Berta in Barber of Seville.

Zachary Nelson 

Baritone Zach Nelson has been described as having "...a creamy baritone voice that has deeper bass-like overtones. He sings with great ease and naturalness and is an able actor."  Mmmmmm.  Creamy. Ice cream....Sorry, I'm back. Aside from dominating the opera stage, Zach is a good man who always has a smile on his face...unless the Raven's are losing, but we won't hold that against him.  Mr. Nelson's booming voice can currently be heard in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Das Rheingold as Donner. 

Robert Pomakov

Bass Rob Pomakov, or "Opera Bob" was hailed by the Washington Post as "...clearly a talent to watch. Embodying the melancholy heft and gloomy conviction of the classic Russian bass voice." His large, intimidating voice on stage is counterbalanced by his true easy going nature off stage.  Often seen wearing a classic bowler of fedora hat, he is just as at home on the Met stage as he is at his own bar in Toronto.  He has his own brew, too.  And if you want a real treat, hit up karaoke with Opera Bob.  You haven't lived till you've heard Proud Mary sung in full opera voice...

"I didn't tell you to buy pizza out of the trunk of that car!"

Othalie Graham

People smarter and more eloquent than I have called Ms. Graham "A svelte, beautiful lady, she moves with confidence and uses her expressive face to mirror the emotions of which she sings..." and "There was no shortage of strength to the voice, piercing through the orchestra, the chorus, and the full phalanx of principals."  Oh, and to top off all that nice stuff, she is ridiculously nice, kind, and giving.  Her bubbling personality is infectious.  You can't help but smile when Othalie is around.  She is currently rehearsing Turandot at Edmonton Opera.

Leo Nucci

Best. Headshot. On. Earth.

This man needs absolutely no introduction, so I won't give him one, minus saying he is one of the all time greats.  I added him to this post to share this video that has been making the rounds on social media.  Mr. Nucci is 74 years old.  Here he is singing a curtain call after a show of Rigoletto.  This man is a Bari-Chunk Legend.  (skip to about 2:00 in the video for actual singing)