I think my experience as a kid working at the opera was very imaginative and very escapist for me. You’d go in a stage door and leave the weird world of Manhattan behind and go into this amazing world of costumes and different centuries of music, and it was very larger-than-life, and exactly where I wanted to be. I think it really trained me, not only to have a respect for the material and the person who wrote it.

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"My mother’s bipolar, and my father’s an alcoholic. He takes what he pleases and he offers nothing. No money, no support. I’ve done what I could to help raise my siblings. I wish I could’ve done more. I’m not asking for your pity or your admiration. I just want to be able to give these kids everything they deserve because they’re great kids. And they deserve better."

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