We regularly hear from the winners of the Richard Tucker Award, but we also love to share the stories and experiences of our younger artists. Hear from 2018 Sara Tucker Study Grant-winner Zoie Reams, who spends the summer at Wolf Trap and is a big fan of Michael Jackson.
1. You’ve just won a study grant! Can you tell us one or two things that you’ve been able to do with the prize money?
I’ll be getting a new website built but mostly I’ll be saving! It’s boring but very practical as a young artist!
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re up to this summer!
I’ll be returning to Wolf Trap this summer as a Filene artist. I’ll be starting the summer off as the mezzo in the quartet of the Steven Blier recital called “The Art of Pleasure” with a range from Avenue Q the musical to Léhar. Should be super exciting! After the Blier recital, I’ll be part of Bernstein’s Songfest performances as well as the Naxos recording. Following that I’ll get to sing Beethoven’s 9th with three members of the Houston Grand Opera studio, which will be a blast. Finally, I’ll be singing Maddelena in Rigoletto. I’m looking forward to getting the chance to sing on the Filene Center stage. It’s going to be a crazy summer, but full of fun and exciting opportunities!
3. What character in opera do you most closely identify with?
I think I mostly identify with characters that have an inner struggle, which is a lot! There’s a few that come to mind such as Dahlia, Adalgisa or Sara, but there are a lot more who I know I’ve connected with because of a certain dichotomy in their character make up. I get that and it makes for very interesting character study.
4. If you could sing any role, regardless of fach, which would it be?
I think regardless of fach I would want to sing something that would be so challenging yet fulfilling. Roles like Elektra, Konstanze and Mao Tse-Tung come to mind. All of these roles are so demanding that I feel like it would completely change you as a singer and stage actor to be able to perform these roles. Mezzos have their roles like this too, but these are roles that I’ve watched being performed from the audience or from the wings and thought wow what an exhilarating feat to be able to perform these roles.
5. If you were to host a dinner party and invite three guests, living or dead, who would they be and what would you serve?
First invite goes to Michael Jackson. Hands down. Then I would invite Marian Anderson and finally the Obamas. I know that’s more than three, but I would have to have the whole Obama family there! I would probably serve a mixture of both of my grandmothers’ home cooking recipes.