Ivan Rivera, Tenor
Tenor Ivan Rivera will return to the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Tito Vespasian in La Clemenza Di Tito on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Ivan has previously performed with OCB as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Kasper (Amahal and the Night Visitors), Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore), Jewen 3 (Salome), Don Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Alicina (Handel), and Oronte and Monostatos (Magic Flute). He was recently seen in Capitol Heights Lyric Opera’s Amahal & The Night Visitors as Kasper, Don Ramiro in Cenerentola and Don Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Tamino (German) in Magic Flute with OperaOggiNY, Ferrando in Opera Manhatttan’s Cosi fan tutte, and Ferrando in the Underworld Productions’ mounting of Cosi fan tutte at Symphony Space. Read below as Ivan shares his experience with us.
How did you get into Opera?
I was in a children’s choir and my conductor went to Julliard.
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
The quickness of the rehearsals, I get to work on the character on my own.
How do you relax when not on stage?
I read sci-fi novels and do Handy work around the house.
Do you have any advice for other singers?
It’s all about balancing your life with your art, collaboration with other members of the music industry and keeping you networking connects current as possible.
What are your dream roles?
Mime in Siegfried
Which colleagues do you admire?
Jonas Kauffman and Joyce DiDonato
Puccini Opera. You remember a lot of his music, but when you see it, it is very complex for the singer and the orchestra.
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?
Cherubino, because I can relate to a young boys falling in love for the first time.
What other music do you listen to?
Musical Theater and some Pop Music.
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?
Yes, I do. I research on Youtube, buy DVD’s and get recordings.
How do you balance a career with a life offstage?
I make sure to practice for an hour everyday and balance lessons and learning roles throughout the weeks.
How do you unwind after singing?
I go out to the movies with friends, I go visit friends in New Jersey, go see opera and concerts.
The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?
No, but I have auditioned for them.
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.