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Life with my Voice SCOTT HENDRICKS

With his eclectic musical tastes and a wide operatic repertoire, American baritone Scott Hendricks is a singer who resists being pigeonholed. You’ll often see him playing one of the mean, moody bad boys of opera, but this affable artist is just as convincing portraying characters with moral scruples – as he is doing at London’s Royal Opera House this month.

You were born in San Antonio Texas – what sort of exposure did you get to opera when you were growing up?

Actually, I didn’t have any exposure to opera growing up. I was too busy listening to rock and roll, pop, R&B, etc. Prince was my musical idol throughout my teens. I didn’t join choir until my senior year of high school, and I didn’t see my first opera until I was a freshman in college!

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Christophe Rousset celebrates a quarter century at the forefront of the Early Music scene with Les Talens Lyriques; Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes Monteverdi’s three surviving operas on tour around the world; and our guide to the brightest and best opera festivals of 2017. Plus, remembering the velvet voice of Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda; individuality and imagination in the songs of Arthur Sullivan; Debussy’s ravishing Pelléas lets down its hair at Garsington; American baritone Scott Hendricks shares his love of playing bad boys; the art of the librettist; British conductor Nicholas Chalmers; and an 80th birthday tribute to Grace Bumbry.