I’ve dabbled in conducting before, having done lots of backstage and banda work, and I’ve conducted an orchestra briefly in a pit a few times while the real conductor is out in the hall listening. This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to rehearse with an orchestra, and the process has been illuminating and enjoyable. I look forward to conducting scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Händel’s Giulio Cesare and Acis and Galatea with the UA Philharmonic on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30pm in Crowder Hall, Fred Fox School of Music.
I am once again in Albuquerque, playing rehearsals for Opera Southwest’s production of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell.” Of all the Rossini operas I’ve played (including Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Il turco in Italia, Otello, Tancredi, L’itlaliana in Algeri), GT is the most compelling, surprising, most astonishing and thrilling. The cast (including Sean Anderson, Caroline Worra, Sharin Apostolou, Matthew Vickers, Justin Hopkins, Jeffrey Beruan, Xavier Prado Caceres, Josepn Cordove, Hans Tashjian, et al) is astounding. This might be the most exciting (and longest!) operas I’ve ever played. Performances are Oct 22-29 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, tickets are available here.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, February 9, I will present (free of charge) a program of 21st-century works for piano and electronics by women composers, in Holsclaw Hall at The University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. More information on the event can be found here.
Matthew Curran recently assembled this video filmed entirely on a GoPro worn by several people (myself included) during a recent production at Opera Southwest in which Verdi’s Aida received its New Mexico premiere:
It is good to be spending a few weeks this summer in Graz, Austria, where I am coaching vocal repertoire at the American Institute of Musical Studies. It’s especially good for me to be back here after having been a participant in 1994 and a staff pianist in 2006.