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