From Opera to Operative: D1, Tim Petty

November 8, 2018


I've always been a musician, but I didn't get into singing opera until I was in college. There were a lot of reasons that I loved it, but I think the main one was that it was a great way to connect with people. When you do a period show, you get this incredible window into how people felt potentially hundreds of years ago and then you take that knowledge and use it to make people feel those same things today! Not only that, but you work in a team with the dozens of people it takes to make a show like that run. To put on a grand opera, you need the cast (2-20), the chorus (18-50), the crew (~25), the costume shop (5-10), wigs and makeup (~5), the orchestra (50-100), and administrators to keep things running smoothly. It's exciting to be a part of and I made a lot of really good friends in every category. 



I don't really sing opera anymore because to do it, your voice needs to be in tip-top shape and it takes a couple hours every day to keep it that way- time that I don't have anymore. Sometimes I miss opera, but not as often as I thought I would because not having to keep my voice conditioned so specifically has opened me up to singing a lot of things that I never got to sing before. I've discovered that the two things I loved by far the most about being in theatre were the people and the reading, and so far dentistry has given me plenty of opportunities to engage in both!



Tim is currently part of Pitt’s health professions a cappella group, The PalPITTations, which is performing a benefit concert for the Birmingham Clinic this Saturday night (11/10/18)!

Tickets are only $5 and details can be found at: 








Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts