Smaller crowd surprises opera tenor
Accustomed to singing in front of more than 3,000 people, Humphrey, a former CSU-Pueblo student, performed in front of a crowd of about 40 people.
“I was hoping there would be more audience members and students,” Humphrey said. “There were very few. I was a little surprised by that.”
Barbara Beck, an artist in residence of the Music Department, shared the same insight as Humphrey regarding attendance.
“I wish more of our students had been here,” Beck said.
In spite of the small crowd, Humphrey performed a full concert of songs composed by Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Cole Porter, Richard Hundley and Giacomo Puccini.
The first and last songs of his performance were in Italian, while the rest of the first half of his program was performed in German and Russian. Humphrey switched to English for a “lighter” second half after intermission.
Among the repertoire that he sang, Humphrey said the Cole Porter set was his favorite; the “Tale of the Oyster,” in particular.
“The ‘Tale of the Oyster’, I just adore. I think that’s just a great song,” Humphrey said.”The audience really seemed to enjoy it too. That was pretty cool.”
He said he also liked singing “Lions” and “Some Sheep are Loving,” both art songs composed by Hundley, as well as “Der Dopplegänger,” composed by Schubert.