Soprano Melody Moore on being a diva, her gay fans and Tosca

American soprano Melody Moore has appeared on many of the leading opera stages of the world, including as Mimi in La Bohème at the English National Opera, and as Regine St. Laurent in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna at the New York City Opera.

One of the finest opera singers of her generation, Moore is probably best-known for her signature role, as Floria Tosca in Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca, a role she will reprise to open the 2017-2018 season of L’Opéra de Montréal.

Tosca is Moore’s first role at the OdeM since her company debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in 2015. When I met her recently at an OdeM rehearsal, I discovered she recently married her life partner Nicole Wagner.

So when I told Moore that I had planned for this to be the “gay interview,” she happily replied, “Yes! Let’s queen it up!”

What does it feel like to be back in Montreal?

Better. This time I come here married, happy, have a puppy (named Floria), I want to walk around the city. The last time I was here my foot was injured, so I couldn’t do anything. I went to the gym – maybe! ­– and the grocery store. So when my wife gets here, we are definitely visiting the city, and we want to go see the drag queens at Cabaret Mado!

Read the rest of the interview on Three Dollar Bill