Monday, December 28, 2009
Reader's Choice: Doug Carpenter
Douglas Carpenter is a cum laude graduate of University of Nevada at Las Vegas who completedd his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at UCLA in June 2009. He honed his skills while in Las Vegas, where he became a natural entertainer, performing with Opera Las Vegas and even as a gondolier at the Venetian resort.
In 2007, while still a student, Carpenter was cast as the handsome Prince in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities. He was immediately singled out for his good looks and beautiful voice.
After a 2008 performance as Tony in West Side Story, Steven Stanley wrote on the StageSceneLA.com site, “Douglas Carpenter is as handsome a Tony as one could wish, and possessing a voice few of our most popular leading men can rival, this newcomer is poised for a lengthy and successful musical theater career.”
In 2008/2009, Carpenter was named “Best Aspiring Newcomer” by OperaOnline.us. They wrote, “He has looks, a voice, talent and charisma. If he follows the guidance of his very capable mentors at UCLA, he should go far.”
He is currently performing at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood in the Roger Bean musical “Life Could Be A Dream” where he created the role of Skip (see photo).
He is currently working on a new take on Camelot at the Pasadena Playhouse directed by David Lee of “Frasier” fame. Carpenter will be playing Lancelot and word has it that there will be brief, but tasteful, nudity. Performances will run from January 15 through February 15.
Carpenter hasn’t completely abandoned opera for musical theater, as he will be performing Belcore with the Orange County Opera.
In the unlikely event that the singing gig doesn’t work out, Carpenter is also represented by the Best Model and Talent Agency in Las Vegas. We think he would succeed as a model or a singer. Of course, a barihunk is a little of both, so maybe we’ll see him in a shirtless duet singing the Pearl Fishers before long. During the contest we also received an email from a Broadway producer, so we have the feeling that we'll be seeing bigger and greater things from this 25-year-old hunk.
Since Norman Garrett ran a good race, we'll be running some new pictures of him, as well.
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