Welcome back! We are very excited to begin our 85th Anniversary Opera Season here at the Academy of Vocal Arts. We are happy to have six new Resident Artists! Join us in welcoming them at our New Artist Recitals on September 18th and 19th at our Helen Corning Warden Theater at AVA! These recitals are available to AVA subscribers.
The Meet the New Resident Artists! Blog Series is a sequence of Q&As designed for you to get to know our new artists. Today, we invite you learn about one of our new basses, Cody Müller! Mr. Müller comes to us with a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. He has performed in a variety of different roles, such as Usher in Trial by Jury at Opera Deleware, The Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Bel Cantanti Opera and Opera in the Ozarks, Leporello in Don Giovanni at ViVace, and Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. For a full list of Mr. Müller’s previous roles, visit his biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“My name is Cody Müller, and I’m originally from Franklin, TN, though I was born just outside of Detroit. I spent most of my young life in Tennessee, but once I went off to grad school and got a taste for travel, I’ve been hard to pin down! I love visiting new places, which is part of why I love Opera and the power music has in moving people (either through sheer beauty or some message). This is why I keep performing over and over again.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“So far, I think my favorite role to date would be Magnifico from Rossini’s La Cenerentola. The chance to play the evil stepfather, who is also a comic buffoon, was such an artistic treat. The character gets to sing all types of music, from legato lines, the highest notes, the lowest notes, to the quickest words you can muster. The cast was stunning and the entire experience is one I’ll never forget.”
What is your dream role?
“My dream role right now is Mephistopheles from Gounod’s Faust. He has gorgeous music to sing and is such an interesting character to play.”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“When I realized that opera allows you to sing with your whole instrument, and express the broadest range of human emotion, I knew I had to pursue it. I love telling stories, and doing so in this way is truly special.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“I love cooking and baking, and I’m always trying to add new recipes to my personal arsenal of treats and goodies. I’m also an avid hiker and camper having hiked the Western mountains from Mexico to Canada!”
Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar