We are so excited to introduce you to Jake Muffett. He created a fantastic overture titled “Opera’s Greatest Hits!” for us to premiere at “Opera on the ‘Virtual’ River.” He is currently on the move from the UK to Germany as he will be starting his new position as a member of the opera studio at Deutsche Oper am Rhein this fall.
This special world premiere overture he created includes themes from these famous operas:
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore
Wagner’s Ring Cycle
Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Puccini’s La fanciulla del west
We asked him a few questions so we can all get to know this talented man better:
1. When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
I made the decision that I wanted to try and be a professional musician when I was 17 whilst working on my university applications. I started singing when I was 15 having been inspired by my Dad who used to be in several bands as well as a solo club singer. He’d often sing gigs in town and I grew up watching him perform. My initial interest in singing came through trying to copy him and it was only through my state (I believe you say public in the US) school in Grantham (Lincolnshire, UK) that I was able to explore musical theatre and eventually classical music. It was when I made this decision at 17 that I said to myself that I should learn an orchestral instrument too, so I took up the Clarinet! This eventually led to an interest in most woodwind instruments and I try to keep playing even now as I’m working as a professional opera singer.
2. What do you define as success?
I feel very successful purely from the fact I am managing to pay the bills purely from classical music. Very few are that lucky! Naturally I would love to perform (or have my arrangements performed) in front of larger audience all over the world but I’m just taking things one step at a time!!
3.What have you been doing during COVID-19?
During COVID-19 I produced a series of multi-tracked projects that I have called my CORONA-PROJECTS. I produced 14 in total and they included a wide variety of instruments and musical styles. These ranged from arrangements of song, an original Argentinian-style number using a famous Spanish poem as well as a number from Anything Goes with a full big band!
4. What’s a weird quirk/something interesting about you?
I have two pet rats called Skylar and Sylvia!!
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