Tenor Kyle Van Schoonhoven is a recent graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship Program and recipient of a 2018 Sara Tucker Study Grant. While preparing for his upcoming performance of La Bohème in Boston, he tells us about his favorite coffee and what he’s streaming on Netflix.
1. You’re singing in Boston right now—have you discovered any favorite local spots?
Well, I actually stumbled upon a Blue Bottle Coffee—approximately 10 minutes from our rehearsal space—which reminds me of my recent days in San Francisco. Give me coffee of any kind and I can survive, but give me Blue Bottle and I feel I am living my best life.
2. How do you spend your days off in between performances?
In opera, we don’t have a ton of days off, so I tend to do as little as possible when I do have a full day off. My dear friend Ethan DePuy is also in Boston, so when he takes a break from being an amazing tenor, he has been showing me around his wonderful city.
3. Are you currently streaming anything on Netflix?
Currently, I am binge-watching “How I Met Your Mother.” I like the “Friends” vibe of the show, but it’s different—it’s a little more my style of humor. I identify with qualities in each of the major characters, so I find almost every joke funny because I can relate.
4. You’re the recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant. Can you tell us about what those funds have gone toward?
I am so grateful for the Sara Tucker Study Grant. This field is so competitive, so I was in shock when they called me. I have put the grant money toward new performance attire, a plane ticket or two for auditions, and a few voice lessons with the amazing Julia Faulkner. I was also an Adler Fellow in San Francisco at the time, and the additional funds helped offset the incredibly high cost of living there.
5. Which performances or roles do you have coming up that you’re really excited about?
Besides Rodolfo—which I am so excited for—I have a couple Verdi Requiems (one of which is with my Alma Mater SUNY Fredonia), my Cincinnati Opera house debut as Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), and my role debut as Lenski (Eugene Onegin) at Livermore Valley Opera.
To learn more about Kyle and his upcoming performances, please visit his website: www.kylevanschoonhoven.com