Bold. Brave. Brilliant.

Meet the Artist: Adam Diegel

Caitie Quick – February 5, 2016

Adam Diegel is singing the part of Don José in Carmen. Check out his first opera experience, his advice for first-time opera-goers and more below!

Tell us about your favorite parts of Carmen.

I think my favorite part is the 4th act. We really get a chance to see how far Don José has gone and how far Carmen will go. It's like the immovable object meets the irresistible force paradox, something is going to give.

Where was your first opera experience?

My first real opera experience was Manon Lescaut in Memphis. It was amazing. I remember it like it was yesterday; it made that much of an impact on me. The voices, specifically the soprano's, were what really stood out. She had a gorgeous voice and her acting was amazing as well.

How do you get to know your character?

I admit to being a bit of a method actor when it comes to a lot of my roles. I feel that a real emotional and cognitive understanding of what my character might be going through is the best way for me to communicate a given role.

Do you have a dream role?

Otello, because of the depth of the character. There's so much of Shakespeare in the opera and it would be a real challenge dramatically. It has those rare moments when everything comes together: music, drama, intent, purpose and focus. When all of those line up, it's an amazing experience. 

What would you like any first time attendees to know? 

I'd tell them that opera is a very experiential thing, even though the art form spans centuries. People usually love it or hate it, but at least give it a try, if only to say that you did. Also, be open minded to the entire experience. Try not to go in with any preconceived stereotypes of what you may think opera is or isn't.