That Time When I Was So Poor I Stole Food To Survive (and other starving artist stories)

Nothing is as easy as it seems. Especially a career in the performing arts. It took me a long time to get to where I am today with the success that I have, and I worked my ass off. What we see in a performing artist is the end product of a long journey of … More That Time When I Was So Poor I Stole Food To Survive (and other starving artist stories)

The Ultimate Hack for Singing your Best Italian

Compared to other opera languages like French, German, English, Russian, Czech, etc., Italian seems easy. The language itself consists of only pure vowels, some of which are open and closed. There’s no mixed vowels like French or German, and no crazy consonants like Czech or Russian. And unlike English, for the most part, what you … More The Ultimate Hack for Singing your Best Italian

How I Role: Everyone’s Trusty Barber

After 12 productions and 57 performances, I’ve come to learn a lot about Figaro, Figaro, Figaro. And yes, we’ve all seen the Bugs Bunny cartoon. Largo al factotum Boom! Singing Figaro is like getting shot out of a cannon! It starts out with the most challenging—and most recognizable—aria for baritones in the repertoire. Five sustained … More How I Role: Everyone’s Trusty Barber

What No One Tells You About Success As An Opera Singer

You spend hours every day practicing. You put yourself out there for any and every opportunity. Your determination never falters and you have the drive to push through even the toughest moments. You experience a few setbacks as well as a couple of hard-earned accomplishments. You sacrifice things that most people don’t understand. And you … More What No One Tells You About Success As An Opera Singer

My Weird (But Effective!) Trick For Singing High Notes

You’re about to sing an aria. Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy (cue “Lose Yourself” by Eminem), and even though the high note is minutes away, you’re already thinking about it. You loosen up your body and set up good posture. You begin to focus deeply and slip into character. Your pianist … More My Weird (But Effective!) Trick For Singing High Notes

The Biggest Mistake Young Opera Singers Make

From all my years of singing, conducting masterclasses, and listening to other singers, I’ve noticed a prevalent mistake that affects almost all singers. And there’s no judgement from my end because I was guilty of this mistake, too, early in my singing. So I’m only here to help and sympathize! Drumroll please… The biggest mistake … More The Biggest Mistake Young Opera Singers Make

How I Role | The Loyal Bohemian Painter: Marcello

  As the curtain parts, we see two Bohemians busy at work in their run-down Parisian loft. Rodolfo writes. Marcello paints his Red Sea. They have little means, but an artistically rich life. Though this opera is a love story, the loyalty between Rodolfo and Marcello is steadfast throughout, and serves as the premise of … More How I Role | The Loyal Bohemian Painter: Marcello