When mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux was growing up in Alaska, she wasn't much of an opera fan. She'd turn on vacuum cleaner to drown out the sound of the radio when her mother tuned in the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.
Today she makes her home near Venice and performs on opera stages around the world, including the Met. She made her reputation portraying Rossini heroines and has since established herself as a Baroque opera specialist.
Genaux is familiar to Twin Cities audiences for her appearances with the Minnesota Opera. She's back in town for a Saturday recital during the Schubert Club's 4th annual St. Paul Summer Song Festival.
In a conversation with Minnesota Public Radio's John Birge, Genaux talks about her appearance in the Anthony Hopkins movie, "Fracture," performing on the back of a sneezing horse, and the joy of being in the U.S. where she can shop for groceries at 11:00 p.m.