Soprano Sara Duchovnay, our lovely Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi & Buoso's Ghost, recently chatted with Schmopera.com about our Festival, her side hustle, and the power of opera. Here's an excerpt:
WHY DO YOU SING PROFESSIONALLY?
Opera combines so many things that I love. Obviously, I love the music, the fashion and the costumes, the travel, the community, the camaraderie, the feeling of being on stage...I can't imagine a better way to live. On a deeper level, I love what opera teaches us about being human. I love diving into the psyche of different characters and helping the audience learn about themselves through the stories we tell... If people come to a performance and are able to laugh, and cry, and find some kind of emotional release, I feel like I've given them something really valuable.
WHAT KIND OF WOMAN IS LAURETTA? WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO HER IN BUOSO'S GHOST?
For me in this production, Lauretta is a pretty cunning character. Our director [A. Scott Parry] encouraged me to have lots of fun with her from day one. Lauretta was raised by Gianni Schicchi, so it makes sense that she would be a very charming, smart, and manipulative young woman. I think she fits in perfectly with the Donati family and will definitely be able to hold her own with them. She’s calculating and she knows how to get what she wants from people...especially her dad.