Do You Need a College Degree to Sing Opera? Here’s My Answer.

I get why this prospect can be so fascinating. Imagine, not having to spend all those years pursuing a college degree and BOOM landing auditions and singing on main stages around the world. One must have a talent for singing — perhaps, according to some, a gift. What more is there to gain as a … More Do You Need a College Degree to Sing Opera? Here’s My Answer.

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

How I Role: Tchaikovsky’s Jaded Aristocrat Eugene Onegin

When I think of pinnacle lyric baritone roles, Billy Budd, Pelléas, Don Giovanni, Athanaël, Wolfram, and Zurga all come to mind. But a standout amongst all these is Eugene Onegin. It requires a long night of well-paced singing with a dramatic arc for the character that is so difficult to develop and sustain as a … More How I Role: Tchaikovsky’s Jaded Aristocrat Eugene Onegin

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