Corey Evan Rotz: Not just an opera singer

April 29, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Corey Evan Rotz, left, sings the role of Scaramuccio in the Washington National Opera's recent production of "Ariadne auf Naxos." He is singing with soprano Lyubov Petrova, who sang the role of Zerbinetta. Rotz has performed more than 30 roles with the WNO. He will sing Broadway tunes in Chambersburg on Saturday.
By Karin Cooper,

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Opera singer Corey Evan Rotz wants Chambersburg audiences to familiarize themselves with the Corey who doesn't sing opera.

Rotz, a 40-year-old Chambersburg native, sings with the Washington National Opera and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

But on Saturday, the tenor returns to his hometown for The Capitol Theatre show called "The Ballads from Broadway." Rotz will be accompanied by musicians from the Cumberland Valley School of Music.

"It gives me a chance to sing something else," Rotz said a few days ahead of the concert.

When he's not studying music, rehearsing for the opera or promoting an upcoming show, Rotz said he's listening to old-school country and whatever's on the radio -- though he said he couldn't name a song on the current top 40 list. He also said he doesn't watch shows like "American Idol" and he doesn't TiVo.

"Oh my gosh, I've become that middle-aged person," Rotz said, laughing.


But Rotz does like what he called "the standards." He said his Chambersburg concert show would run just shy of two hours and would be in a jazz-combo format -- "If I Ruled the World" and "Hey There" are on his song list. He'll also perform "Smile," by Charlie Chaplin, as a tribute to his late collaborator, pianist Susan Rowe Gable, who died in August 2006 after battling cancer.

Piano player Brian Helman, another Chambersburg native, will play on Saturday.

Rotz said he likes to sing songs he can relate to, adding that the tone of the concert would be generally upbeat.

With all of the work that goes into his passion, he said it's the actual singing on stage that is the easy part of opera.

"I've been hurt, I've been loved," Rotz said. "I like to do my suffering on stage, in real life."

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Ballads of Broadway," performed by Corey Evan Rotz

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Tickets cost $18

CONTACT: Call The Capitol Theatre box office 717-263-0202, e-mail

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