“There’s so much work to do, but the most important thing is that we’re on the right track and moving forward,” said Arizona Opera president and general manager Joseph Specter.
This weekend, Chin-Loy will sing the role of Henrik Egerman in Arizona Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music.” This is a role that has historically been filled by a white tenor.
“A lot of times, we can often think that white is the fault of things, especially in this production, which is about families in Sweden,” said Chin-Loy, a member of Arizona Opera’s Marion Roose Pullin Studio. “But that doesn’t give the public enough credit often. … People have a lot of space when they come to the theater to expand their vision of what they expect to see on stage.
Specter said Chin-Loy got the role because of her voice and talent, not her skin color, which Chin-Loy said was “exciting news to receive.”
“I hadn’t really seen people like me in that role,” said the 30-something, who appeared in ‘Carmen’ in February and will appear in the season finale of Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ in April. . “For them to give me this opportunity was really… so wonderful to be in a place where they really see my talent.”