GUEST POST: “Understanding Racism Growing Up” by Baritone Will Liverman

***In light of the current climate in America—and the long overdue, but necessary, conversations of understanding racism in the United States and the role played by non-Black people—instead of writing a post this week, I’ve offered my platform to my friend and colleague, operatic baritone Will Liverman.*** I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, … More GUEST POST: “Understanding Racism Growing Up” by Baritone Will Liverman

Baritones are Not Lazy Tenors. Here’s Why.

There’s a saying in the opera world that baritones are lazy tenors. If they simply approach their high notes differently by working their technique in a more efficient way, modify their vowels, perhaps sing more “in the mask” or some other miraculous cure-all mantra, they could be tenors. All they need is the right teacher … More Baritones are Not Lazy Tenors. Here’s Why.

10 Things To Do During a Quarantine as an Opera Singer

For the first time in my life, I find myself a homebody for the immediate future. This is the quarantine life, my friends, and we’re practicing health, safety, and responsibility by staying inside and preventing COVID-19 from spreading. So, with our civic duty behind us, what do we do as opera singers to benefit from … More 10 Things To Do During a Quarantine as an Opera Singer

What’s So Hard about Singing Russian? (And Why I Love It)

I don’t speak Russian. I’m not a language expert. Yet, I sing hours of music in languages that I don’t speak fluently for my profession. All opera singers do! As a native English speaker, I sing operas in Italian, French, and German—as well as Russian. Now, I’m not here to tell you how to sing … More What’s So Hard about Singing Russian? (And Why I Love It)

The Stages of My Vocal Development (Until Now)

It’s common knowledge that the human voice changes over a lifetime. You barely notice the changes as they happen. It’s like looking in the mirror everyday until one day, many years later, you look back and definitively say, “whoa! Things are different than they used to be!” I often get asked by younger baritones about … More The Stages of My Vocal Development (Until Now)