Kentucky Opera welcomes soprano Devon Guthrie to the cast of THE ABDUCTION OF THE SERAGLIO for her Kentucky Opera debut! This week we caught up with Devon between rehearsals and appearances to learn a little more about her life and career.
Devon’s comes by her passion for the arts honestly, since much of her family are artists, dancers or musicians. “I started as a dancer,” says Devon, “and a musical theater singer. I began training with a teacher at age 6.” Once she began with a singing instructor, it became clear that the belting style of musical theater wasn’t the best match for Devon’s talents. “Around age 12, my teacher at the time recommended classical music,” Devon recalls. “He sent me home with several arias and I was hooked.”
That passion has lead Devon through some very illustrious doors, including the hallowed halls of Juilliard, where she got her Masters and Artist Diploma!
Once she found her her way to opera, Devon wasted no time absorbing all she could about the art form. “It’s so hard to pick a favorite,” she says, “but if I absolutely had to choose one favorite opera, it would have to LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. I’ve performed it the most so far, and the mix of the characters who are so dear to me, the music that I love, and the many wonderful memories I have associated with that opera definitely makes it one of my all-time favorites.”
Devon talks quite a bit about how important her on-stage experiences have been in her life, both personally and professionally. “My most recent experience was just a few months ago, creating the role of Mary in FELLOW TRAVELERS with Cincinnati Opera. It was an experience I’ll never forget,” she says. “Another of my most treasured productions was FIDELIO at Santa Fe in 2014. I sang Marzelline, and my teacher and mentor, Stephen Wadsworth, was the director. It was just the most extraordinary experience.”
We have loved hosting such a thoughtful and warm artist in our fair city, but this isn’t Devon’s first time in Louisville. “My dad is from Franklin, KY so I grew up spending a lot of time in Louisville. I haven’t been back since I was a kid, but I look forward to exploring the city with new eyes.”
Catch Devon Guthrie in THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, coming up November 4 and November 6, 2016 at the Brown Theatre.