UPDATE: I'm am thrilled to be returning to this piece in late November to make a recording featuring the entire original cast with the Wolf Trap Foundation!
I will be singing the role of Roderick Usher in Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. This exciting new production fuses modern ballet, videography, and opera to uniquely realize Edgar Allan Poe's dark, melancholy tale.
I will be joining Laura Ward with Lyric Fest to present an exciting program in which Laura unveils the trade secrets of a collaborative pianist and what it means to perform with singers. I will be joined by soprano Jennifer Aylmer, baritone Randall Scarlata, and mezzo-soprano and Lyric Fest co-founder Suzanne DuPlantis.
Join Kim Witman at the piano and all of the 2017 Filene Young Artists at Wolf Trap Opera for a unique concert experience. Each artist offers four arias and the audience votes for one aria per performer before the beginning of the concert, effectively choosing the program themselves! I will be offering Donizetti's "Una furtiva lagrima," Franz Lehár's "Dein ist mein Ganzes Herz," Verdi's "La donna è mobile," and Gounod's "Salut! demeure chaste et pure."
I will be returning to the Columbus Symphony and making my debut with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra singing the tenor soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony under the baton of Rossen Milanov. I will be joined by soprano Helen Hassinger, mezzo-soprano Megan Quick, and bass-baritone David Crawford.
I will be collaborating with pianist Steven Blier for a special concert involving four singers and two pianos (or four hands) as part of time as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. Joining me will be soprano Madison Leonard, mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, baritone Michael J. Hawk, and pianist Joseph Li.
I will be saying farewell to the Academy of Vocal Arts with a recital after four years of Residency. Joining me will be seven of my colleagues: Karen Barraza, soprano; Jared Bybee, baritone; André Courville, bass-baritone; Jorge Espino, baritone; Alasdair Kent, tenor; Daniel Noyola, bass-baritone; and Anthony Schneider, bass. The recital will be organized and played by pianist José Meléndez.
I will be joining Laura Ward with Lyric Fest to present a program of songs exploring the natural world through primarily American song. The concert with feature two new song cycle commissions by composer's Michael Djupstrom and John Musto. I will be joined by baritone John Moore, mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote, and soprano Meryl Dominguez.
I will be singing the tenor part in a quartet rendition of Bach Cantata No. 150 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. I will be joined by soprano Vanessa Vasquez, mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, and bass-baritone André Courville.
I will be participating in the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors hosted by Dallas Opera. This two week residency offers the opportunity for six conductors to participate in masterclasses and seminars, culminating in two concerts with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and a group of opera singers that they have worked with during the residency.
UPDATE: The Institute was featured and discussed as a segment on PBS's NewsHour, which can be viewed here.
I will be competing with my fellow Resident Artists at the Academy of Vocal Arts in the annual Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, accompanied by acclaimed coach and collaborator Danielle Orlando. Presented in concert format, this competition offers a chance for an audience to hear the Resident Artists in their solo repertoire and is open to the public in the gorgeous Perelman Theater in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. I will be singing Lurcanio's aria "Il tuo sange" from Handel's opera Ariodante.
UPDATE: I'm honored to have won second place in the competition!
I will be singing the Pearlfisher's duet with baritone Javier Arrey on Washington Concert Opera's 30th Anniversary Concert under the baton of Maestro Antony Walker, who will be celebrating his 15th year as Artistic Director. The concert will feature the talents of Angela Meade, Vivica Genaux, and Michele Angelini.
Join Kim Witman at the piano and all of the 2016 Filene Young Artists at Wolf Trap Opera for a unique concert experience. Each artist offers four arias and the audience votes for one aria per performer before the beginning of the concert, effectively choosing the program themselves! I will be offering Donizetti's "Una furtiva lagrima," Franz Lehár's "Dein ist mein Ganzes Herz," Verdi's "La donna è mobile," and Gounod's "Ah! lève-toi, soleil!"
UPDATE: "Una furtiva lagrima" was the landslide winner.
I will be collaborating for the first time with pianist Steven Blier as part of my time as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. I will be joined by soprano Summer Hassan, soprano Clarissa Lyons, and baritone Shea Owens.
I will be making my debut with the Columbus Symphony singing Obadiah and Ahab in Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah under the baton of Rossen Milanov. I will be joined by bass-baritone André Courville as Elijah, soprano Martha Guth as the Soprano Soloist/Widow, and mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa as the Alto Soloist/Angel/Jezebel.
I am honored to be chosen as one of nine National Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. I will be performing two selections in the Grand Finals Concert, first "Ich baue ganz" from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and then "Fantaisie, ô divin mensonge" from Delibes' Lakmé. The concert will be hosted by star-soprano Deborah Voigt and conducted by Maestro Antony Walker, with a guest appearance by legendary bass-baritone Eric Owens.
Join collaborator Laura Ward and me for a journey through the life of Johannes Brahms and his complicated relationship with the Schumann family. Brought to you by Lyric Fest and narrated by Jim Bergwall and Suzanne DuPlantis, this concert will explore the life of Brahms punctuated by selections of his song output. I will be joined by soprano Laura Dixon Strickling, mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, and baritone Anthony Whitson-Martini.
As winner of the Robert F. Crosby Memorial Award in the Opera Index competition, I am honored to be singing on Opera Index's Winter Gala honoring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. I will be singing Nemorino's famous romance "Una furtiva lagrima" from Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, accompanied by collaborator Michael Fennelly. Also featured on the program will be baritone Will Liverman, countertenor Siman Chung, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, soprano Susannah Biller, and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino.
I will be performing in Atlanta Opera's 2015-16 season preview concert, hosted by General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun and opera supporter Bob Edge with Rolando Salazar at the piano. I will be performing two selections from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, first Roméo's aria "Ah! lève-toi, soleil!" followed by the duet "O nuit divine" with soprano Erica Intilangelo as Juliette.