For our audiences, Ava Pine almost needs no introduction. Last season, she received rave reviews for her performances as Adele in our fall 2008 production of Die Fledermaus. Other engagements include Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with Arizona Opera, Romilda in Xerxes with Boston Baroque and the Angel in the Southwestern premiere of Angels in America with Fort Worth Opera. As The Dallas Opera’s first Young Artist in Residence, Ava appeared in numerous roles during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 Seasons. We recently asked her to tell us what’s on her iPod:
I recently took the plunge and got myself an iPhone. Since it’s always with me, it’s replaced my iPod for most of my on-the-go listening. But, since it has a lot less memory than my old iPod, I have to be pretty choosy about what’s on there. I have three categories: work, geekery, and play.
Work: includes the operas and oratorios that I have coming up – some Mozart, Handel, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi and Puccini.
Geekery: includes all my favorite NPR podcasts — from All Songs Considered to This American Life, and sometimes even Will Shortz’s Puzzlemaster segment from Weekend Edition Sunday.
Play: is what takes up the most room on my iPhone. If I’m listening to music, it’s usually to relax and clear my head of opera and classical music (ssh! don’t tell anyone I said that!). I like to keep a lot of variety on there.
Bob Dylan for road trips — of any length. He is the best driving companion.
Tom Petty for when I run out of Bob Dylan.
Paul Simon for those times when the task at hand really needs a soundtrack.
Radiohead for just about any mood I could possibly be feeling.
Edith Piaf when I want to really hear a singer speak to me.
Neko Case when I want to roll the windows down.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong when I want to tap my toes.
The Killers when I want to turn the volume up and rock out.
Iron & Wine when I’m cooking.
Norah Jones when I want to breathe deeply.
Bon Jovi when I want to remember what it was like to be a teenager.
New bands like Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend and Blitzen Trapper, when I want to feel ahead of the curve.
John Prine when I want to feel nostalgic.
James Taylor when I want to feel really nostalgic.
And of course, my iPod wouldn’t be complete without music recorded by family and friends, many of whom are talented singers and songwriters (including my dad!). Those tracks are for the times I want to feel extra blessed to have grown up around music.
James Hampton, Artistic Administration Coordinator