WYCKOFF, N.J. — Music fills the life of Wyckoff's Brenda Belohoubek.
A 2007 graduate of Ramapo High School, Belohoubek sings as a soprano for various groups. She kept a classic feel to her performances as a seasoned opera singer appearing in productions such as "Carmen."
"Opera's like a major soap opera with music," Belohoubek told Daily Voice. "We have love, sex, death, and betrayal in every show, and occasionally we have comedy. We take the basic human emotions you face from the day you're born to the day you die, heighten them and throw it into a two-to-three-hour act. And that no other art form does."
Belohoubek studied music education at William Paterson University and continues at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She also teaches vocal instruction and has done so at her alma mater.
From teaching at Ramapo, Belohoubek said the kids came to know her as "that singer." It took time to adjust to being back at the high school, as she said hearing her name called over the speaker made her think she was in trouble with the principal at first.
The Wyckoff performer's music passion took her all over the country. Before performing she rarely feels nervous, though that may change after the show.
"You would think I'd be nervous going into it but it was more awe of, 'How did I get to this point, where am i going to go from here?'" she said. "In those six measures, the world fell away. Nothing mattered. Just the purity and the clarity of the notes."
Belohoubek also sings with the Village Carolers to spread holiday cheer while dressed in Victorian garb.
Her personal music taste can go more modern though, as she said she's a rocker at heart. Her car radio can often be tuned to country or 80s rock.
When she graduated Ramapo she originally wanted to study teaching but realized how incorporating music could open the world to her.
"I get paid to dress up and play make believe, and tell people stories," she said. "It's pretty cool."
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