|James Egglestone as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Sydney Opera House 2010|
|Opera Australia tenor James Egglestone|
The Operative Word with James Egglestone
Why do you do the job that you do? I love that people can step into the theatre and be taken on a journey which allows them to escape their lives for a few hours.
Who has influenced you most professionally? Definitely Jimmy Barnes; my technique is based on his…Seriously, I draw inspiration from colleagues, repetiteurs or directors, and often my students. A student can have a natural gift that you can learn from – an innate musical ability, or a natural stage presence, or a great “e” vowel.
Is there any other profession that you would have liked to have followed? I love to write and produce music. I dabble in this in my spare time.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being with my family and trout fishing.
If you could have dinner with a historical figure, who would it be? Pavarotti. I’d like to ask him about his vocal technique…and then torture myself for the rest of my life trying to implement it!
What is your greatest extravagance? The internet.
One thing you regret is…The time I’ve wasted on the internet.
If you could have any opera character as a friend, who would it be? Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Anyone who is prepared to let his wife fall in love with a donkey, just to win an argument, has my total respect.
|James Egglestone as Francesco in|
The Gondoliers, Melbourne 2006
Who or what is the love of your life? My family.
What are you optimistic about? The economy. NOT!
You would like to devote more time to…My daughter and son.
What is your favourite food? My partner Antoinette Halloran’s chilli, garlic and prosciutto pasta.
What is your most treasured possession? Apart from children and family...hmmm it’s close...between my fishing rod and my iPod!
Which is the opera that got you hooked? La bohème.
Which opera do you never need to hear again? Michael Bolton’s live opera DVD nearly killed at least ten operas for me!
What is your idea of misery? Instant coffee. And not being able to enjoy my achievements with the people whom I love the most. Success has no value if you can’t share it with the people who are the foundation of your life.
You still hope to…learn learn learn…so many people have so much to offer in our industry…I’m always a work in progress.
Which characteristics do you most admire in others? People who are confident in their ability and don’t need to talk themselves up. And I admire supportive and generous performers.
You feel guilty when you think about…The internet.
What type of holiday do you most enjoy? Beach holiday with my family…Noosa or Cairns.
|James Egglestone (right) with Luke Gabbedy and|
Tyler Coppin in A Midsummer Night's Dream 2010
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I love the rock band Kiss! I can’t help it! They rock!
Who is your favourite band? Hmmmm I think I answered that one…
You spend too much money on…eBay
Your greatest achievement has been…Building our studio in the back of our garden. Antoinette and I can sing as loud as we want and no one gets pissed off! It’s liberating.
What is your favourite kitchen appliance? Antoinette. You should get one, seriously, it does everything!
How do you stay up to date with new technology and trends? Buy it, or covet what OA tenor Steve Smith has already bought.
Who is your favourite heart throb? I refuse to answer this question under fear of death.
James Egglestone will sing the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia in both Sydney and Melbourne in 2012. Click here for more information and tickets.