Hansel and Gretel Q&A
with Jonathan Walker-VanKuren and Myles Garver
We recently sat down with FWO-TCU Lesley Artists Jonathan Walker-VanKuren and Myles Garver to discuss their roles in Fort Worth Opera's upcoming family opera.
When Humperdinck’s opera premiered in 1893, the role of the witch was originally written for mezzo-soprano Hermine Finck, but there’s been a long tradition of casting tenors in the part. What has been the most enjoyable aspect of playing this darkly comedic, yet villainous character?
Jonathan Walker-VanKuren: The best part about playing this amazing role is that I get to just be as crazy as I want. I love being able to have zero expectation with a role and every performance you see is VASTLY different. I also love the costume that Myles and I get to wear, some might think a grown man in heels and a fat suit would be weird, but I think that decision can be left to the patron who comes and see us!
Myles Garver: Being a bad guy is so much fun, but especially in a show based on this Grimms' fairy tale that scared literally every kid that heard it. We get to crank the character’s oddities and quirks up to the highest level so it translates to kids effectively as well as adults.
I truly believe the best villains either have a little humor about them or a little humanity; it makes them more complex to an audience and more fun to play. In Hansel and Gretel’s case, it’s just plain fun to bring a cartoon character to life!
Published November 14, 2018 by Ryan Lathan