Voice Type: Tenor
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Cinderella's Prince/ Wolf: Into the Woods
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
- I am attracted to the Opera NUOVA program because of the sterling reputation of the faculty present. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with teachers and coaches from across Canada. I decided to attend this year because of the chance to play Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf in Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods. It has always been a dream role of mine. It holds a special place in my heart as my brother and I once choreographed and performed the agony duet ourselves at the first music summer program I ever attended almost 10 years ago.
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- I suppose everyone has their own specific way of preparing their music. I personally like to learn it first as though it were a play and take all the music out of it and really try to explore the text and figure out how the character would speak it but always with an eye towards what choices the composer is making with the music. After I am comfortable delivering the lines as spoken text, I try to add the rhythm and finally the notes and melodic line.
A native of Issaquah, Washington, tenor John Carr Cook recently graduated with his Masters from McGill University where he studied with Professor Stefano Algieri. He currently resides in Montreal where he studies with Professor Dominique Labelle. Highlights from recent years include singing with the chorus in Seattle Opera’s world-famous production of Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, singing the role of Grimoaldo under director Patrick Hansen in Opera McGill’s innovative production of G.F. Handel’s Rodelinda and singing the role of Gonzalve in Stu & Jess’ found space production of Maurice Ravel’s L’heure Espagnol. Especially close to John’s heart was premiering the role of the incorrigible Mr. Toad in William Bolcom and Paul Sills’ story theater musical Wind in the Willows with Valley Center Stage in Bolcom’s hometown of North Bend, Washington. John was last on stage last summer performing as Wilhelm Grimm in Dean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm with Opera on the Avalon’s school tour in St. John’s Newfoundland.