Meet Dodgeballer of the Week John T

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet Dodgeballer of the Week John T

This week's interview focuses on John, the opera singer who loves history and his family. Read what he had to share!

What made you decide to join Dodgeball?
I’m new to New York, so I wanted to get involved with an LGBT sports league and meet some cool guys, so come say hello if we haven’t been introduced! 

What was the hardest skill to master?
When to dodge and when to catch… I’d hardly say I have mastered that yet lol, my brain constantly goes from one mode to the other, so I need to get better at deciding which balls I should go for and which ones I should run away from!

Did you have any nicknames growing up? 
Twin and Tex. I have a twin brother and no one could ever tell us apart so very often people would just call me ‘Twin’. Also my last name is very hard for most people to figure out how to pronounce (unless you’re a Yankees fan) so people would just call me Tex, but my grandma calls me Johnny.

You are from Florida right? 
Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida!

What was your first reaction to snow/winter here?
It sucked! I had to buy entirely new clothes since I didn’t own ANY sweaters, jackets, long sleeve shirts, scarves, gloves… on the plus side I learned how to layer! In Florida you just wear shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt every day.

We have a few opera fans in the league that might not know your background.
I’ve been singing since I was 18, I started off as a baritone originally but about 5 years ago I transitioned to become a lyric tenor. I went to Northwestern University for my masters in opera performance, and was a resident artist with the Orlando Opera company for many years. Now I’m working on exploring the bel canto repertoire, so taking some time off from performing to revamp my technique.

What’s your favorite thing about NYC?
I love all the different people and cultures that are here, the internationalism is very appealing to me.

If you could meet any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
Well I’m a history nerd so I’d probably pick Leonardo da Vinci, it would be really cool to see this genius in person and to tap his brain. I’d love to see how ahead of his time he really was.