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"Figaro" Star Aleksey Bogdanov Reveals the Secret to Opera

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"Figaro" Star Aleksey Bogdanov Reveals the Secret to Opera

Kate Michael

Washington National Opera's Aleksey Bogdanov (Figaro) with Megan Ortagus

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After headlining the performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Kennedy Center Thursday night, Aleksey Bogdanov (Figaro) headed to Circle Bistro for the late night cast party put on by the Opera's Generation O.

A baritone in his first season with the National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program, Bogdanov stole the show with his voluminous vocals, comedic timing, and ability to move -- even roll -- around the stage while holding a note.

"It's all in the heels. You learn to really ground yourself," he said while locked in an awkward position. "As for my other tricks ... I can't tell you. We have all sorts of crazy techniques."

Bogdanov did admit -- with a bit of bashfulness -- that his favorite part of Figaro is the end. And getting that final bow.

"I could pretend like it's not a big deal to me," he said. "But it totally is."

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