Terriq White makes his Pittsburgh Festival Opera debut as Victor in A Gathering of Sons, his second world premiere!
This season Terriq appears in festival productions of A Gathering of Sons (Victor), Intermezzo (cover Baron/Servant), and in Xerxes (chorus).
What was your first opera experience like?
It was great! I had the chance to see Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Raleigh Opera while pursuing my undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
What have you been up to recently?
I just completed a semester of my MA at the University of Maryland Opera Studio where I had the chance to premiere my first new work, participate in three scenes for an opera scenes concert, and cover Orphée and Pluton in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers.
This isn’t your first world premiere. How have your experiences with new works differed from other productions you’ve been in?
I premiered my first new work, a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King by Martin Hennessey, this year on February 10th. From my experience, rehearsing a new work is more intimate because you have the wonderful opportunity to develop a relationship with the composer. It is really nice to work with the person that has the most insight on the the music.
A Gathering of Sons is a pretty heavy show. What is it like being in such a timely and relevant production?
It's really nice, but scary at the same time. However, I really believe operas like this are truly needed to bring awareness to a new crowd of people. In addition, I believe that it would pull in a different demographic and a new group of people may begin to enjoy opera.
Photo by Patti Brahim
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to do for a role?
Die! Tenors don't die usually.
Do you have any dream roles?
My dream roles are Nemorino, Tonio, Ernesto, Ferrando, and Count Almaviva.
What’s next for you?
I return to the University of Maryland in the fall where I will sing Tito in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. The following semester I'll play Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.
More about Terriq
Terriq White is currently pursuing his Master of Music at the University of Maryland Opera Studio under the tutelage of Gran Wilson. Recently, White attended Opera in the Ozarks where he performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Venditore di Canzonette in Puccini’s Il tabarro. White's other roles include Tony in West Side Story and Director in the Bartered Bride. While completing his BA at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, White was a winner of the concerto competition, was awarded the Richard C. Pisano Scholarship, and placed first at NATS Mid-Atlantic Region Competition.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s world premiere of A Gathering of Sons in on stage June 15-July 8.