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Friday, April 8, 2011

20 Questions with Sam Chung

Canadian tenor Sam Chung will sing Gastone de Letorieres ("a young man about town") in our production of La Traviata, opening April 30. What were Sam's other career aspirations? Read on to find out....

1. Guilty musical pleasure?
I love singing along to Les Mis in the car full blast.

2. Where do you love to sing?
I love singing for Vancouver Opera!

3. What is your idea of earthly happiness?
I love riding motorcycles.

4. To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Staying up late. Or eating chips. Or maybe both!

5. Who are your favourite heroes/heroines of fiction?
Superman.

6. Who are your favourite characters in history?
People who have brought peace to this world in some way.

7. Who are your favourite heroes/heroines in real life?
My favorite heros in real life are my parents.

8. Who is your favourite author?
Sadly I spend most of my time reading car and motorcycle magazines.

9. Your favourite musician?
There is something amazing about watching Pavarotti sing...

10. Your favourite composer?
Verdi.

11. What quality do you most admire in a person?
Integrity.

12. Your favourite virtue?
Patience… I wish I had more of it myself!

13. Your favourite occupation?
Formula 1 driver.

14. What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to do the same jobs that all boys dream of - policeman, fireman, professional athlete - you know, something dangerous. But nothing's scarier than singing Verdi in front of 2500 of your closest friends.

15. Your most marked characteristic?
Sometimes I’m too honest. It can also be called lack of a verbal filter. Ha!

16. What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty.

17. For what would you like to be remembered?
Compassion.

18. What natural gift would you most like to possess?
A beautiful voice.

19. What is your motto?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

20. What non-opera song do you rock?
Just one?

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