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?

Recital Singing vs Opera Singing: What’s the Difference?

I just finished a recital tour and I thought it would be a good time to address some of the differences between recitals and my regular singing gigs—opera. Not only are there many differences but there are lots of similarities. Especially after having done many recitals in my developing years and mostly opera in my … More Recital Singing vs Opera Singing: What’s the Difference?