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Starring in off-Broadway opera ‘Intimate Attire’ is a childhood dream come true for Justin Austin

NEW YORK — The star of the off-Broadway opera “Intimate Attire” is wowing audiences at Lincoln Middle together with his wealthy voice.

Justin Austin tells CBS2’s Dave Carlin his position is a childhood dream come true.

“Once I was a bit child and most of the people needed to be a fireman or no matter, I needed to be an opera singer,” the 31-year-old baritone mentioned.

“Intimate Attire” options music by Ricky Ian Gorden, course by Bartlett Sherr and a libretto by Lynn Nottage, adapting her stage play.

“One thing like ‘Intimate Attire’ is superb as a result of we’ve got a possibility to function artists of colour, to function artists that aren’t of colour on the identical stage,” Austin mentioned.

The setting is New York Metropolis in 1905. Austin’s character, George, romances a seamstress named Esther. This love-gone-wrong saga is cozy and grand.

“I believe we should always have a good time the completely different colours and the completely different experiences and the completely different cultures,” Austin mentioned.

So what’s subsequent for Austin? After “Intimate Attire” closes, he begins making ready for his debut on the Metropolitan Opera Home.

“My final two debuts had been canceled due to COVID, however I am comfortable to be lastly having a possibility to face on that stage, sing on that stage. It is one thing, most likely the one factor that my mother and father ever needed, and it did not occur for no matter purpose,” he mentioned.

Austin’s mother and father, each skilled opera singers, realized about their son early on that he couldn’t be talked out of this profession.

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“My mother and father, they really did not need me to be an opera singer. They knew concerning the struggles and the way onerous it was,” Austin mentioned. “I used to be a boy soprano, and I traveled the world doing operas.”

Austin says he labored till he was about 12 or 13, when his voice modified.

“It truly modified in the course of a efficiency … On the finish of that duet, it was two tenors,” he mentioned, laughing. “That is truly why I moved to New York. I joined the Boys Choir of Harlem to discover a protected buffer between my voice altering and the way am I going to be a manly singer after I’ve been used to singing as a soprano.”

His voice is now wealthy and proper the place he desires it.

“The 2 items that I really feel as a baritone but additionally a fan of baritones — ‘Don Giovanni,’ completely, and ‘Ragtime,'” Austin mentioned. “I am standing on the shoulders of everybody that has impressed me, inspired me, supported me and helped me.”

“Intimate Attire” runs via March 6 at Lincoln Middle’s Newhouse Theater.

There are various occasions and productions deliberate at Lincoln Middle this spring. For extra data, go to lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home.

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