The Pitch's Questionnaire with opera singer Tara Cooper

Meet opera singer Tara Cooper.



Name: Tara Cooper

Occupation: Opera singer

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Olathe

Who or what is your sidekick? My husband and our dog, Brynn

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Chef or marine biologist

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? 23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence

Where do you drink? I am in love with the cocktail menu at the Rieger Hotel.

What's your favorite charity? I think Harvesters is a wonderful local charity. We recently ate at the American during Restaurant Week and were excited to help.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: All the places? Lately it's been Sephora, Macy's, HomeGoods.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? KU sports ... I say that as a true MU Tigers fan, although that gets awkward because I'm currently attending KU for my doctoral studies.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? The Plaza, Brookside or Westport. We've also brought quite a few people to the KC Zoo and the Royals' stadium.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It built the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. That building is an absolutely beautiful architectural piece, and both houses are a dream to sing in.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Created a bunch of giant divided roads so you can never turn left when you want to.

"Kansas City needs ... " More public-transit options outside the current bus system.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Am a giant nerd and love to play video games.

"On my day off, I like to ... " Take our dog to a local dog park, catch up on reading or TV I've missed, see movies, and catch up on the chores that have gotten neglected.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Singing at opera houses all over the world, being a parent and wife and, I hope, raising a new puppy to keep our current dog happy.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Downton Abbey. New Girl is also a favorite.

__________ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: It varies but I'm on a Mumford and Sons kick.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Meet Me in St. Louis

What local tradition do you take part in every year? We've done Restaurant Week every year.

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Adele because the swearing in her cockney accent would be marvelous.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Jenny Johnson, a comedian who got into a glorious fight with Chris Brown.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: The bugs that are starting to emerge and getting on my windshield.

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Amazon Prime = life changer.

Last book you read: I just reread one of my favorite books, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon.

Favorite day trip: Going to Columbia for a football game.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? It's not technically a "dating" moment because we're married, but this Christmas I fell down the stairs at my in-laws' house. I had to go to Urgent Care on Christmas Eve to make sure nothing was broken.

Interesting brush with the law? I got a ticket in college ... for swimming in our apartment complex's pool. I lived in said apartment complex. There was never a lifeguard. We were fully clothed and sober and got in giant trouble with the cop who lived in the complex. I told my boss the next day because I was paranoid that they would call him, and he just laughed hysterically.

Describe a recent triumph: I was one of the winners at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions here in Kansas City. I have sung for the competition three times prior and never moved on, so it was very exciting to win at this level.

Cooper performs at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in late April. Find her schedule at

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