Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar
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 our new baritone, Titus Muzi! Mr. Muzi comes to us with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University. He has performed a variety of different roles, such as Monroe/Pangle in Cold Mountain with Music Academy of the West, and Melisso in Alcina and Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata with Florida State Opera. For a full list of Mr. Muzi’s previous roles, visit his biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I am a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelors in Voice Performance. I started delving into classical voice in high school and began a serious interest in opera during my undergrad. Although I wasn’t exposed to opera at an early age, I was always attracted to music and felt compelled to study an instrument. I started playing the violin when I was eleven and eventually made my way to voice lessons by the time I was sixteen. I’ve been singing ever since!”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“I thoroughly enjoyed working on Schaunard in La bohème! Through singing that role I fell in love with the whole opera as well as the writing style of Puccini. Singing Schaunard felt like an extension of my own personality. Not only did the music of the piece entrance me but the characters as well. They aren’t just royalty or heroes chosen by destiny, but people who you could possibly meet in your own life.”
What is your dream role?
“This is tricky. I’ve mentioned my affinity for La bohème, and I aspire to sing Marcello soon, but I have to say that Germont in La traviata would be a dream for me to perform. Of course, I am not the ripe age for that role now, so hopefully in the far future!”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“I was first involved in a lot of musical theater during my formative years in high school. It wasn’t until I saw a production of the Barber of Seville at the Lyric Opera of Chicago that I was inspired to learn more about opera. I also had lots of mentors back then guiding me towards the field. Although musical theater always holds a special place in my heart, opera amazed me for its seamless combination of music and stagecraft and how they work symbiotically to tell amazing stories. I have also found myself to be fascinated with the science of voice and have desired to understand the full capability of the instrument from a technical viewpoint.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“In my free time I am a novice cook in the kitchen! I am attempting to further fill my recipe books and am always looking to try creating new things. I’m hoping to try my own hand at creating a Philly Cheesesteak while I live in the city! I’m also an avid board game player. When the urge to play a couple rounds of Clue arises, it cannot be ignored!”