Meet Keith Miller, football player turned opera singer.
The former starting fullback still bristles when he recalls the locker room taunts he had to endure when he first fell in love with opera. “Let’s just say the most watered-down one was ‘sissypants’ and the others had to do with questioning my manhood and sexuality. I can’t even say the other words, they’re too bad for print.” That was back in 2001 and 2002, when he was still angling for an NFL career, working out with professional teams like the Denver Broncos after an impressive run at the University of Colorado, where he excelled in four college bowl games.
Miller has now appeared in some 200 performances with the Metropolitan Opera and has been called an “artist to watch” by Opera News. A true modern-day renaissance man.