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Making My NYC Concert Debut

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, I performed a recital in New York City as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighbourhood Concert Series. The recital was held at St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan, and featured the wonderful Liz Upchurch at the piano.

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The recital featured Schumann’s powerful song cycle, Dichterliebe, three songs by Liszt, four folk songs by Britten, and a trio of Italian “lollipops” to round out the evening. My encore was the beautiful “Una furtiva lagrima” from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

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This was my very first performance in New York City, which made it even more exciting. Many thanks to everyone who attended! It was a wonderful experience, and I am looking forward to my next visit to the Big Apple—in the very near future!

International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch

From September 4th–14th, 2014, I participated in the 50th International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch. After auditioning in the preliminary round this summer, I was invited to the competition proper in the Netherlands. The competition consisted of 3 rounds—two with piano accompaniment, and the final round accompanied by philharmonie zuidnederland.

I came away with three prizes—the Grand Prix of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (€10,000), the Press Prize (€1,250), and the Junior Jury Prize (€500). Members of the jury included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Gjevang, Siegfried Jerusalem, Kenneth Montgomery, Dominic Seldis, Pieter Alferink, Jesús Iglesias Noriega, Evamaria Wieser, and Ioan Holender.

Some photos from the competition:

Top photo by Hans Hijmering, and bottom two are courtesy of the IVC.

La bohème at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy

During the months of June and July, 2014, I participated in the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy summer program. Every year, this one-month intensive training program for young opera singers presents two shows, and this year they were Puccini’s La bohème and L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi. I was cast as Rodolfo in La bohème.

The experience was incredible, and I had a great time putting the show together. Directed by James Marvel and conducted by Les Dala, the shows were filled with laughter, tears, and sublimely beautiful music. It was a treat to perform my very first Rodolfo with such wonderful colleagues, in an outdoor courtyard in the middle of Italy.

Here are some photos from the production:

Photos are by Darryl Edwards, and courtesy of COSI.