Hayden DeWitt, Mezzo-Soprano
Hayden DeWitt returns to the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Sesto in La Clemenza Di Tito on Saturday, November 12. She has been heard with Opera Company of Brooklyn in the roles of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Der Komponist in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Her repertoire includes many of the favorite roles for lyric mezzo-soprano, including a few which are “off the beaten path,” such as Cherubino in Saverio Mercadante’s I Due Figaro and Der Trommler in Viktor Uhlmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. In addition, she has produced a one-woman show of rare bel canto arias entitled Stella, nemica infausta. Hayden is a founding member of Opera Feroce, an early music ensemble whose affectionate send-ups of eighteenth-century operatic conventions have won critical acclaim.
How did you get into Opera?
My mother is a singer, so I grew up with great music and the idea that being on stage was about the most interesting thing in the world.
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
the wide variety of really great and genuinely challenging repertoire undertaken with so little rehearsal (and yet very successfully performed!)
How do you relax when not on stage?
I read books about metaphysics.
Do you have any advice for other singers?
Develop a personal philosophy of life and art that is truly your own.
What are your dream roles?
Pretty much anything I am working on, at the time.
Which colleagues do you admire?
Pretty much anyone I am working with at the time!
I can’t pin it down to just one, but Le Nozze di Figaro would be up there. The genius of both Da Ponte and Mozart in adapting Beaumarchais’ comedy and making these great characters even more magnificently human is unparalleled in music theater, in my opinion.
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?
too many to mention
What other music do you listen to?
I don’t listen to music. (Is it okay to admit that?)
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?
I am more likely to look at paintings for inspiration and insight into historical periods and archetypal human behaviors.
How do you balance a career with a life offstage?
Still trying to figure that out…
How do you unwind after singing?
taking long walks
The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?
Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: La Clemenza Di Tito on Saturday, November 12 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.