Artist Spotlight: Aram Monisoff

Aram Monisoff is one senior who has taken to the stage with increasing talent and vigor in his years at Lawrence. Having starred in many productions here at Lawrence and having received the title role in the upcoming opera “Gianni Schicci,” we thought it best for you Lawrentians to get to know this up-and-coming star a little more personally.Where are you from and what is your major?
I am from Nyack, N.Y. and I’m a double-degree in voice and theater.

How did you first get involved in music and theatre?
I’ve been doing theater since I was about seven when I played the letter “A” in the graduation play. I started to sing when I was in middle school. There was a two-year break when my voice dropped and then I took it up again.

Are there any artists or musicians whom you’ve found to be particularly inspirational?
Actor/singers like Michael Cerveris and Audra McDonald are wonderful examples of terrific technique and great actors, I love watching and listening to them.

How have you seen your interests in music and theater take new shape here at Lawrence?
When I first arrived I had no interest in becoming an “opera singer,” but over the years the classical style has had a profound influence on me.

What do you hope to accomplish with your art?
Other then fame and riches I’d like to actually affect others with art. Drama is a powerful social tool and even comedic operas like “Gianni Schicci” have a profound influence on the average person.

Can you tell us a little about your upcoming performance?
“Gianni Schicci” is a Puccini opera wherein I play Schicci, who cleverly cheats a cruel and selfish family out of their fortune. It’s very funny and has some beautiful arias in it that were later stolen by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

What are your plans for the near or distant future?
I hope to move to New York City eventually and audition for practically everything. When I’m not acting, I hope to be a terrific waiter.

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