Upcoming Engagements

Lyric Opera of Chicago
October 1, 5, 9 (matinee), 13, 16 (matinee), & 22, 2016M/em>
Mime, Mem>Das Rheingold

Don José, Carmen
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Lyric Opera of Chicago
December 10, 12, & 14, 2016
January 6, 8 (matinee), 12 (matinee), 14, 17, 22 (matinee), 25 (matinee), & 27, 2017
Monostatos, The Magic Flute
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Los Angeles Opera
February 18 & 25, 2017
March 2, 5 (matinee), 16, & 19 (matinee), 2017
First Jew, Salome
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Recital (Los Angeles)
El Camino College Marsee Auditorium
March 3, 2017 at 8:00pm
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Los Angeles Opera
March 25 & 30, 2017
April 2 (matinee), 6, 9 (matinee), & 15, 2017
Spalanzani, The Tales of Hoffmann
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Seattle Opera
May 6, 7 (matinee), 10, 13, 14 (matinee), 17, 19, & 20 (matinee), 2017
Monostatos, The Magic Flute
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About Karaoke (etc), in case you’re wondering…

For the inquiring minds, you may be curious to know what I sing in karaoke, and if I am good at it, why am I not doing American Idol, America’s Got Talent, etc.

First of all, I am a big fan of the 80s, and Tom Jones. My showstopping songs are Delilah, I Who Have Nothing, Green Green Grass of Home, all by Tom Jones. I also sing current mainstream songs. My signature songs are Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, Cee Lo Green’s Forget You (aka F*** You), and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The 80s songs that I get into when I feel like it, totally warmed up (either through normal singing or booze – haha), are Air Supply, Bryan Adams, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osbourne, Billy Vera.

Now for those wondering if I ever tried out for American Idol (or something similiar), well, I almost did. In 2004, I got into the finals of the Ryan Opera Center Finals (that time was formerly called Lyric Opera Center for American Artists). I told myself that if I didn’t get into the program, I will go to Las Vegas from Los Angeles (where I live prior), and audition for American Idol (since this was the first year they extended the age limit to 29), and I WAS 29 at that time. Fortunately enough, I got into the Ryan Opera Center, and kept my promise to myself and didn’t audition. It was the best decision I’ve ever made, as Lyric Opera of Chicago has honed me to who I am as a performer today. (Thank you, Gianna Rolandi and David Cangelosi.)

Now sometimes you hear about these karaoke contests in bars and clubs. Now I believe EVERYONE is eligible to compete. Sometimes I bump into people and they say I can’t compete because I’m an opera singer. Then I tell them that NOT ALL OPERA SINGERS KNOW HOW TO SING KARAOKE, let alone non-classical music. Some of them don’t even know how to interpret musical theater songs (old-school or new-school). Even though I was a pop singer before switching to opera as a career, I still meet AWESOME great singers who don’t sing for a living: chefs, nurses, retail, etc. Some people are just born with GREAT TECHNIQUE without lessons. Of course I don’t believe in singers saying “I didn’t have training.” Technically, they should say, “I didn’t have FORMAL training.” As humans we are able to mimic, some better than others. If you’re a good mimic and good retention, in theory (in my opinion), listening to a recording and repeatedly imitating how they sing IS some kind of training.

If you have any questions at all or want me to further discuss anything operatic or non-operatic, shoot me an email.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

AUF WIEDERSEH’N!

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