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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(More upcoming engagements)

Back from a long dry spell…

Well, not really a long dry spell. I just haven’t been able to update my blog, primarily due to my addiction to Twitter for the past 6 months, at least. I literally need not necessarily watch TV or read the papers for any news current, showbiz, and what not: everything is tweeted. But enough about that.

I don’t want to treat my blog as a diary, so I’ll try my best not to be autobiographical. It was a somewhat filled 2010-2011 season. Really, the only two operas I did were Madama Butterfly (Fall 2010) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Spring 2011), all with Houston Grand Opera. Not only was it an honor, but also a GREAT privilege to work with such a caring company. In addition, I have made so many friends outside of the opera house: the diverse people of Houston, from all “works” of life. When not singing with the company, I have had the pleasure of getting involved with the karaoke scene in Houston, and was fortunate to get to know Tye Blue (karaoke host at F-Bar, and former host of JRs), as well as Olivia and Josh (karaoke hosts of Guava Lamp). One thing people need to know about karaoke is it’s not always about singing well and singing in tune: it’s about people getting up on stage, throwing their cares away, and just enjoying singing with their hearts and souls. I get to know people by seeing how they express their singing, and not its technicality. As an artist, I even get to learn from them, and sometimes those qualities to help with my characterization on stage. For me, you learn good artistry not exclusively from great actors, but real people. And it doesn’t hurt when their inebriated, as their inhibitions go down, and you get to see their real selves on stage.

This summer, I will be singing Spoletta in Tosca opposite Patricia Racette (Tosca), Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) and Salvatore Licitra (Cavaradossi) with Ravinia Festival, conducted by James Conlon. I have worked with Pat a few times – The Letter/Santa Fe Opera, Madama Butterfly/Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dialogues des Carmelites/Lyric Opera of Chicago, and can NOT wait to see and work with her again. While working in 2009-2010 season at the Met, I had the great experience of seeing BOTH Pat and Bryn in Tosca, and am VERY excited to be part of this Ravinia Festival offering.

Once rehearsal starts for Tosca (last week of July), I will do my best to blog about it. Come back soon.

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