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FWO INSIDER: An Interview with Tenor Martin Bakari - Q&A

Earlier this week we hopped on a call with Tenor Martin Bakari. Bakari will be playing the role of 'Doctor Blind' in Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus) May 1st and 3rd.

Martin Bakari
Martin Bakari photo by Photo by Adam Johnson
Q: This appears to be your first Die Fledermaus. What are you looking forward to most as you return to Fort Worth this spring and embody the hilarious, bungling lawyer Dr. Blind?

A: I've recently played a number of dramatic and demanding roles like Charlie Parker in Yardbird and the Visitor in Philip Glass' In the Penal Colony, so it will be a treat for me to take on this brief cameo and bring some laughter to Bass Hall.

Martin Bakari
Martin Bakari photo by Arthur Moeller
Q: You’ve had a marvelously varied career thus far, with numerous world premieres and critical accolades at every turn. What continues to be the most challenging aspect of your life on and off the stage?

A: I've been fortunate to maintain a busy performance schedule over the past few years, but it can be difficult to properly conserve one's vocal energies while performing one show and preparing for the next simultaneously. Also, I love traveling, meeting new people, and exploring new cities, but finding time to spend with loved ones can be a challenge.

Q: What new role would you like to tackle in future seasons?

A: I've wanted to sing Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville for quite some time. My voice loves Rossini and my heart loves the humor :)

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