San Francisco Bay Area baritone Anders Froehlich is a risk-taker who gets a rush from the uncertainty of performing. Whether working on the classical stage or rock climbing on The Edge
of Matthes Crest Traverse in Yosemite National Park, Froehlich says it's the exhilaration and mental demands which form the bridge between his passion for performing and rock climbing.
The Connecticut native completed a milestone "free solo" rock climbing experience last summer. This spring Froehlich (a classically trained pianist, ballet dancer and baritone) stars as Don Giovanni in Mozart's opera about the seductive, arrogant nobleman. The Cinnabar Theater production of "Don Giovanni" (presented in English) plays March 23 to April 15, 2012.
"Rock climbing (especially free soloing) and performing in the classical arts share an interesting parallel," said Froehlich. "There's no room for error. Both provide an exercise in being present. Both demand that you must be in the moment - mentally."
Froehlich played the Grandfather Clock in Ravel's "L'enfant et les sortilèges" at Berkeley Opera; Fiorello in "The Barber of Seville" at Opera San Jose; Silvio in "Pagliacci," at Project Opera; and Guglielmo in 2008 production of "Cosí Fan Tutte" at Cinnabar Theater.
Froehlich trained at the Connecticut Conservatory of Performing Arts and graduated from Indiana University. After working on his career in Los Angeles and New York City, Froehlich eventually settled in San Francisco.
"I decided to live here in the Bay Area for quality of life reasons," said Froehlich, who is also a chorus member of the San Francisco Opera Company.
"I find the role of Don Giovanni to be really challenging," said Froehlich. "He so self-involved. He's a classic anti-hero. I hope to make the audience unable to resist him."