Friday, July 17, 2009

Baritone Zeljko Lucic Is A Man of Few Words

Next in our occasional series of 10 Questions With... is Yugoslavian baritone Zeljko Lucic who sings the title role of Nabucco with us in February 2010. Between rehearsals we were able to ask him 10 questions and his brief responses are below.

San Diego Opera (SDO): Welcome to San Diego, we are very happy to have you making a house debut with us for these performances of Nabucco. Is there anything new in your life that you would like to share with us?

Zeljko Lucic (ZL): Very usual things. Traveling, singing, enjoying life.

SDO: In your own words, can you tell us a bit about the character Nabucco?

ZL: Maybe a little parallel to Rigoletto, but this guy is crazy.

SDO: Is there a part of Nabucco that you relate to?

ZL: I have nothing to do with this guy.

SDO: Is there a moment in this opera that is a favorite of yours?

ZL: Of course. That is the aria in the third act.

SDO: Being a professional Opera singer you spend a lot of time traveling, meeting different people, exploring new locales. What do you like best about this aspect of your job?

ZL: It is never boring. Meeting other people is a good thing!

SDO: What do you like the least?
ZL: Not being with my family!

SDO: We must admit there is more to life than opera. So, do you have any hobbies?

ZL: Not actually! Watching TV, going out with friends.

SDO: Is there a book next to your bed? If so, what is it?

ZL: I am very classical: Dostoyevski, Tolstoi…

SDO: What is in your cd player/iPod right now that is not opera related?

ZL: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Ted Nugent and Co.

SDO: If you were not an opera singer, what would you be?

ZL: A taxi driver.

We'll have another 10 Questions With... shortly.

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