10 Questions with Abby Krawson

July 13, 2016

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Fabulous soprano and national anthem aficionado Abby Krawson takes on the challenge of answering 10 Questions for Opus Affair! Also, today's her birthday, so send her some love!

What is your profession?
Jill of all trades. Professional soprano, arts administrator, receptionist, care taker and most importantly corgi mom to Sheldon Schmitz.

Where do you live?
Jamaica Plain

Favorite Opus Affair memory?
When Opera on Tap was up for the punch bowl at Stoddard's, we attempted a flash mob version of "O Mio Babbino Caro" over the noisy crowd.

What's a cool project you're currently working on?
This summer I am learning a brand new recital program for the fall. Repertoire includes Strauss' Brentano Lieder, Turina's Tres Poemas, a few Baroque arias, and a set by Gershwin. I am also in the chorus for the Ouroboros Triology with Beth Morrison Projects that will open this fall.

Random fact/hidden talent about yourself?
I don't think this is very hidden, as anyone who meets me would notice, but I have quite an extensive jewelry collection. My motto is the bigger the better—if you couldn't see if from the stage, why bother wearing it!

What would your fantasy superpower be and why?
My dream is to be able to to play every instrument and sing every voice type, don't know if that is a "superpower" but it would definitely be a stretch of reality... Why? Because it would be awesome to play in the string section of The Rite of Spring one night and then go star as Don Giovanni the next, and then go play a lute in a small Baroque orchestra the following week, while working on the title role in Carmen.

What GIF best describes you?

What is your favorite #bosarts experience from the last few months (or of all time!)?
Celebrity Series of Boston featured Voigt Lessons in April of 2014. It is a one-woman and one-pianist show about Deborah Voigt's life struggles and triumphs. I remember that I got a ticket last minute and couldn't find a date so I attended alone. Her story and her portrayal were so moving and so familiar for a fellow soprano, I spent most of the evening in tears, both from laughter and from empathy. I am sure the people around me thought I was a crazy person I sat there and wept to myself most of the show!

Who would play you in the film (or musical or operatic) adaptation of your life?
In the made-for-TV-opera about me, Mary-Louise Parker would portray me, with vocals by the stunning Laura Claycomb. Oh, and one of the queen's royal corgis would portray my pup.

Name the next three fascinating #bosarts people we should send these questions to next.
Barbara Quintiliani, diva extraordinaire; Raissa Bretana, fashionista extraordinaire; and Sasha Sherman, #bosarts audience member extraordinaire.

[📷 Glorivy Arroyo]

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