It is Tuesday and time to introduce you to another member of The Tender Land cast. Today's featured artist is tenor, Nigel Rowe. Nigel will be playing the role of Mr. Splinters. If you have not purchased your tickets for the show, you can do so on our website and learn more about the production by connecting to the Tender Land page.
Nigel is a native of West Hartford, CT and attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, sparking his interest in theatre and classical music. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, where he performed as Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Mr. Splinters in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land, as well as Ouf in Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’Étoile. After graduation, Nigel was fortunate enough to be able to move abroad to Clermont-Ferrand, France to be an English teacher in multiple primary schools through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). Through TAPIF, he discovered his passion for education and has since worked for The Experiment Abroad, chaperoning a group of high school students as they studied abroad in the Netherlands, and for the West Hartford Public Schools district as a Teaching Assistant for King Philip Middle School as well as a district-wide substitute. Nigel also took part in HOT’s New in November of 2015, as well as their production of The Crucible, in the role of Ezekiel Cheever. This past summer, Nigel participated in the New York Thespis Theatre Festival appearing in the original piece Goldilocks.Most recently, Nigel renewed his contract with TAPIF and has been living in the south of France in Nîmes, as a primary school English teacher. Nigel is very happy to be back home and ecstatic to be working with HOT once again!
Here is what Nigel had to say about opera without borders -
Opera without borders means opera with anything! Classical music, pop, country; modern dance, hip hop, tap; there could even be drag queens and kings, and even spoken word! For me, opera without borders means taking down the construct of what opera “should be” and making it an immersive, deeply expressive art form for all to enjoy.