1. What is something not too many people know about you?
No one can ever figure out my ethnic background. Many people guess that I’m black or Dominican because of my curly hair. But, my hair texture actually derives from Eastern European ancestors on my dad’s side. He was born in Buenos Aires in 1939 after his Jewish family left Poland to escape the Nazis. I guess that means I have a Jewfro! My dad also has curly hair, whereas my mom does not. She is from Puerto Rico. Long story short, I am biracial, both Hispanic and White.
2. What are your biggest passions?
I love music. I love it so much that I have both a BM and an MA in Music Performance. I trained to be an opera singer, so I usually perform in other languages like Italian and German. It feels amazing to sing the way I do. No microphone. Just me and my big voice. But I do like contemporary music just as much. A couple years ago, I picked up the guitar so I have an outlet for days when I want to sing something from The Killers or Fleetwood Mac.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I want to sing as much as possible and perform all over. I want to road trip the US and finally try southern BBQ! After that, I want to go everywhere else. If my passport can get me there, I’ll go.
4. What is your definition of success?
I feel successful when I work on self-imposed goals. As long as I feel fulfilled and enriched by what I do, I succeed daily. As a performer, I have been conditioned to perceive favorable results and others’ validation as successes. But, I am most successful and happiest when I achieve for myself. Little things, like moving more gracefully from one chord to another on the guitar or singing a high A that rings count much more than the “bigger” things.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
A lot of stuff. I’m currently gearing up to assistant stage manage a production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for the auspicious young artist program Prelude to Performance. I will also be performing in the chorus of the program’s other opera offering, Verdi’s Falstaff. I am a member of Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, a choir that specializes in Afro-American spirituals and hymns. We are in rehearsals for our Juneteenth concert. I am also a member of The Trap Chorale, a choir that performs classical arrangements of trap music. Our debut concert featured songs by Cardi B and Future. Our next one will be in August.
Lastly, I am a church wedding singer and I will be performing for about a dozen weddings this summer!
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