The Masked Opera Singer: How to Navigate Singing in a Mask Without Ruining Your Technique

Who would have ever guessed that I’d be writing a blog post about this? Years ago, no one had a big enough crystal ball to foresee our current state of world health, yet here we are in a seemingly never-ending pandemic. One of the main ways opera companies are surviving is by implementing measures to … More The Masked Opera Singer: How to Navigate Singing in a Mask Without Ruining Your Technique

My Secret Plastic Surgery and How I Risked Losing My Voice

Let me begin by sharing my reasons for opening up about one of the riskiest decisions of my life. It’s not something I’m proud of and I feel quite a bit of shame admitting my truth. The lesson behind the story is what’s most important and I hope it will inspire others to not put … More My Secret Plastic Surgery and How I Risked Losing My Voice

Time for Action: The Birth of Perfect Day Music Foundation

I love classical music. I love it so much that when there’s a longstanding systemic problem within it, I get gravely disappointed because I know this art form can be more. It has the potential to create, share, heal, and change humanity and when that potential is blunted, it’s beyond disheartening. One of the many … More Time for Action: The Birth of Perfect Day Music Foundation

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)