Meredith Mecum, Soprano
Meredith Mecum returns to Opera Company of Brooklyn as Maria Boccanegra on September 10. Mecum, praised for her “soaring soprano,” has performed Alice in Falstaff and Amelia in Amelia al ballo with OCB. Other recent performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, scenes from The Queen of Spades, Susannah, and Die Walküre at the Merola Opera Program, Tristana Straight in Impresario NOW! with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theatre, Clara Schumann (Clara by Victoria Bond) with Cutting Edge Concerts and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro (cover) with LOFTOpera. In October she will sing the roles of Una Coèfora/Una Voce/Una Vecchia while covering Clitennestra in Vittorio Gnecchi’s Cassandra with Teatro Grattacielo in NY. We’ve asked her to share her experience with us.
How did you get into Opera?
My first exposure to Opera was as a 10-year-old in the children’s chorus of a production of La Boheme, but I didn’t really get interested in Opera until college when my undergraduate voice teacher encouraged me to audition for the Opera Workshop.
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
OCB affords its artists the opportunity to explore and refine an Opera role in a casual, safe and experimental environment.
How do you relax when not on stage?
Relax? What’s that? But really…spend time with my husband, we like to cook together whenever possible.
What are your dream roles?
Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Sieglinde (Die Walküre)
Which colleagues do you admire?
Many! Any who are able to make their way and find success in this crazy business!
What/who is your favorite opera and composer? Why?
Don Giovanni. The collaboration between Mozart and DaPonte is pure genius.
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most likely sing, and why?
Carmen. I would love to explore a character with so little inhibition.
What other music do you listen to?
Lots! Jazz, 80s and 90s pop, classic rock…and so on!
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?
Absolutely. I try to do as much research as possible when preparing a role. Any and all background information can be helpful in developing a character and making musical choices.
How do you balance a career with a life offstage?
It’s easier when you happen to be married to another singer. We try to keep each other balanced!
How do you unwind after singing?
Since I have a tendency to be pretty hungry after singing a long performance, my unwinding process usually involves food, possibly drink, and hopefully good company!
Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Simon Boccanegra on Saturday, September 10 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.