Pagliacci in Albuquerque

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I am currently in Albuquerque, playing my first production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Opera Southwest. I am excited to be doing this for a number of reasons:

1. The production is led by Zoe Zeniodi, the first woman conductor in Opera Southwest’s 40+ year history. She is clear and precise and has a great ear.

2) Raúl Melo is singing the role of Canio – I am awed and moved by his visceral, old-school sound.

3) About twenty years ago, when I was accompanying “Vesti la giubba” at a lesson for my first “big” tenor voice, I remember the teacher saying “you don’t have to play so quietly, you’re never going to cover him in this…”

Performances run March 26 through April 2 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Here are the details.

Tancredi in Baltimore and Albuquerque

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted – I’ve just enjoyed another summer of coaching and teaching at AIMS in Graz, Austria. I have also just begun my tenth year as an instructor and vocal coach at The University of Arizona. I am looking forward to playing (rehearsals + performances, since I will serve as the orchestra) of Rossini’s Tancredi at Baltimore Concert Opera on September 30 and October 2. This is a co-production with Opera Southwest, for which I’ll serve as pianist and coach until the orchestra takes over; performances are October 23-30 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.