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 to learn about one of our new tenors, Sahel Salam! Mr. Salam comes to us with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed a variety of different roles, such as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Royal College of Music in London, Vincent in Mireille at the Franco-American Vocal Academy, and First Commissioner in Dialogues des Carmélites at the University of Texas at Austin. For a full list of Mr. Salam’s previous roles and competitions, visit his biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I’m a tenor from Texas! I love where I come from; both my Texan and Indian heritage have shaped who I am as a person and as an artist. Reconciling the two has been a process I’m proud to take on. Being validated here at AVA, as I am, has undoubtedly helped me in that process.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“I loved performing as the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavelier because I think I really found a side of my voice I hadn’t felt before.”
What is your dream role?
“Being a tenor and the son of a poet, I’d love to perform as Roldofo! I think the way I would portray him could really bring a special moment to my mom, who has been so supportive of me in my pursuit of this career.”
What has made you want to get involved in opera?
“My high school choir director once gave me two CDs, one of Pavarotti and the other of Fritz Wunderlich. I listened to those CDs so much, I would even skip classes just to listen to them in my car.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“I love speaking in Spanish as often as possible! I think I have a totally different personality when I do, and it brings a confidence out of me that motivates me a lot.”
Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar