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)

My Weird (But Effective!) Trick for Singing in Your Passaggio

High notes are notoriously the hardest thing to sing in opera. But there’s another vocal challenge that’s almost or just as hard. That’s accessing and singing in your passaggio. What is your passaggio you might ask? Simply put (and this is the best definition there is, without getting threatened by the vocal ped police!) it’s the … More My Weird (But Effective!) Trick for Singing in Your Passaggio

Are Reviews Relevant?

Reviews have a special place in the opera world. They inform readers about the quality of most current operatic performances. Unknowingly, reviews can teach readers about opera by showing them what to listen for, informing them about history, style, and so forth. They can educate an entire community. Yet, behind every review is a reviewer. … More Are Reviews Relevant?