Football star makes transition to opera in 'The Magic Flute' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Football star makes transition to opera in 'The Magic Flute'

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Many young boys dream of growing up to be a football star and few ever make it, but a man who knows success on the gridiron has now set his sights on the opera stage.

Keith Miller was a big football star at the University of Colorado, played in the Fiesta Bowl and then had a professional career in Canada and Europe.

It was a dream come true for a man who grew up in a tiny town in rural Colorado, but in a way, that tiny town grounded him in a way that's hard to explain.

"I loved classical music in high school and getting dressed up to go to galas and fancy things," Miller said.

And that's why when Miller decided to change careers, he did it in a big way.

Miller, who has since been featured in more than 200 performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, is set to make his Nashville debut in The Magic Flute at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Miller, and his incredible bass-baritone voice, is an imposing presence. John Hoomes, his director in The Magic Flute, described him as a kind of Yul Brynner meets The Rock, and it has led to a series of menacing roles on the stage.

Miller, it seems, is always playing the bad guy.

"Yeah, I was talking with the stage hand at the Met the last time I performed there, and I said, 'One of these days, I want to be the hero who gets to walk out with the girl,'" Miller said, laughing.

The Magic Flute is the final show of the season for the Nashville Opera.

Catch a show at Andrew Jackson Hall either April 11 at 7 p.m. or April 13 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.nashvilleopera.org/FLUTE.html.

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