Noted Western opera singer hits all the right notes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Brodie Miller

Western boasts some of the most talented students in the arts. This week, local opera singer Brodie Miller takes the spotlight.

Third-year music performance student Brodie Miller is on his way to fame and fortune. Although he isn’t likely to wear a housecoat, scarf and ascot at home, it is obvious Miller is headed for great things after he graduates from Western’s music program.

That’s not to say he isn’t having fun in the meantime.

Recently, Miller played the elderly Abraham Kaplan in UWOpera’s production of the 1947 Broadway opera Street Scene, which required him to don less-than-flattering makeup.

“The idea behind choosing Street Scene was to make the opera more accessible to people who maybe wouldn’t come out normally. There is a lot more jazz and pop music style in it than a traditionally classical opera,” Miller says.

Next year, UWOpera plans on doing a musical revue, which will be made up of music from several shows.

“I think that opera is largely misunderstood and people are afraid of it. In reality, it can be quite entertaining and enjoyable.”

This is par for the course, as Miller was practically born onstage, starring in musical plays of all kinds since elementary school. He even spent a significant amount of his high school career in an a capella barbershop quartet.

In addition to performances at home in London, Miller plans to perform in either Italy or Edmonton during the summer as part of an opera company.

“If I get into one of the summer programs, I’ve got the opportunity to study under a different vocal teacher for a few months. That’s not to say Kevin [McMillan, a professor in Western’s Faculty of Music] isn’t great, but the experience would be really good for me.”

The opportunity would allow him to perform in one or two operas with a completely new set of performers, challenging him to adapt to an atmosphere different from the comforting surroundings of Western’s music faculty.

“While at Opera Nuova, I am cast in a minor role in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte [The Magic Flute], along with a chorus part in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.”

Coming off of his Street Scene performance, Miller is preparing for a solo recital of his own repertoire.

“Of course I’m a bit nervous,” Miller says of the show. “But it’s a good chance to show people what I can do.”

Brodie Miller’s solo recital is this evening at 5 p.m. in Talbot Theatre. Admission is free.

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