Written and compiled by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen Trygar and interviewed by AVA Public Relations and Marketing Manager Camille Mola
We would like to take a moment to congratulate one of our newest graduates Daniel Gallegos! Mr. Gallegos has been an integral part to the last four seasons here at AVA, first appearing as the Gypsy in our 2017 production of Il trovatore. Since then, he has taken on many roles: Donner in Das Rheingold, Harlequin and Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos, Giusepe in La traviata, Guglielmo Wulf in Le Villi, Mercutio and Gregoire in Roméo et Juliette, and Alphonse XI in La favorite, and he has sung in many of our various recitals and concerts. Our audience will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Gallegos perform as an AVA Resident Artist for the final time at our 2021 Farewell Recital. Reservations can still be made for this performance on our website. The Farewell Recital will be available to stream on AVA’s YouTube Channel starting on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. It will remain available for viewing until Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Congratulations Daniel Gallegos, and best of luck in your future endeavors!
What was your favorite role to perform at AVA?
“My favorite role was Mercutio from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. It’s a very exciting role. I can relate to the character because he’s a young guy who enjoys life, has fun, but also defends his beliefs. It was a great opportunity to sing a role that fits my voice perfectly, to play on stage and to practice my stage combat skills.”
What is your favorite AVA memory?
“I never thought that I would sing a Wagnerian role (obviously my voice isn’t for that at all), but in my first year I sung Donner from Das Rheingold. I felt so ridiculous trying to fit into a God’s suit and holding a hammer bigger than my chest, but in the end I really enjoyed it and had lots of fun swinging the hammer and calling for the thunder.”
What do you have planned next?
“This summer I’m planning to go to Mexico and sing Count D’Almaviva from Le nozze di Figaro in Morelia, Michoacan, and after that I’ll fly to Bologna, Italy for a summer program. Next year I plan on doing a bunch of auditions and aim for Europe. We’ll see what new opportunities open up for me!”