Joseph Flaxman, Baritone
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a voice that is “robust and vocally powerful,” Joseph Flaxman has received international praise from musicians and critics alike for his compelling dramatic portrayals. Flaxman will be playing Escamillo for the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s upcoming production of Carmen on August 27. We’ve learned that he occasionally puts on pop music while driving, or relies on his calendar to balance his life offstage. Read below for our interview of OCB asks…
How did you get into Opera?
In high school, I began taking voice lessons with a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus and she would give me tickets to Saturday matinees. I fell in love with opera, how could I not when Puccini’s La Boheme was my first?
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
It affords singers an opportunity to learn and sing a role in a very short amount of time while providing the audience ample opportunities to hear a great variety of works!
How do you relax when not on stage?
Running and making gelato, the two balance each other out.
Do you have any advice for other singers?
Sing with passion
What are your dream roles?
Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West
Which colleagues do you admire?
Leonard Warren, the greatest
What/who is your favorite opera and composer? Why?
Puccini; you don’t need to speak a word of Italian to understand what is happening on stage. His lush music is also heart-wrenching and beautiful.
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?
TOUGH QUESTION! Perhaps Dalila in Samson et Dalila
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?
If it’s pertinent to the opera or helps with the style then absolutely! Most operas are based on books so I always try and find the source material that inspired the librettist/composer.
How do you unwind after singing?
One beer never hurt anyone…
Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Carmen on Saturday, August 27 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.