On the first day of rehearsal for The Consul, many people from Seattle Opera’s staff and cast shared real-life stories of escaping persecution, either their own or a family member’s. Did you have a strong reaction to that discussion?
|Vira Slywotzky as Magda Sorel in rehearsal for The Consul. Bill Mohn photo|
You're a graduate of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program. What did you gain from that experience?
|Sarah Larsen (left) as The Secretary and Vira Slywotzky as Magda Sorel in rehearsal for The Consul. Bill Mohn photo|
My voice has grown, I think. Magda is a good fit for me, vocally and dramatically, and I'm very happy to be doing it.
What are you most looking forward to about this role?
This story is very powerful and real. It's kitchen sink drama (literally) and also global. We get to know Magda's family at home, and also all of the individuals at the consulate, each with a unique past and a hope for the future. The action is not specific to a time or country — it's inclusive. Every member of the audience will find a character or situation to relate to, and that's a beautiful thing.
|Lucille Beer (left) as The Mother and VIra Slywotzky as Magda Sorel in rehearsal for The Consul. |
Bill Mohn photo
According to your bio on the 2009 BBC World Singer Competition, you were an avid crafter. Is that still true?
Oh yes! I have several different craft projects with me right now; I like doing things with my hands. Actually, in this production, Magda knits!
The Consul at Seattle Opera