Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Update!!

It's been too long... again!

Working backwards... I was just in Sacramento Opera's final production of the season (I'm 3 for 3 productions in the company's bounce-back year!), singing Count Monterone in Verdi's RIGOLETTO. What a great cast, lead by David Small (Rigoletto), Katrina Thurman (Gilda), Scott Ramsay (the Duke), and directed by the incomparable Chuck Hudson. It's always a great thing to spend time in such close quarters with your colleagues, doing great work with great artists, telling stories, learning about each other's lives, sharing many laughs, feeling supported after getting a drink thrown on you by a random drunk guy at the hotel bar... The sad part happens when it's all over, and we go back to our respective homes, or to the next gig. This opera community is a small world, so I'm sure we'll cross paths again soon, but it's still a bit sad to part ways. Just another occupational hazard...

Here are a couple shots from the production

While in Sacramento, I was asked to give a workshop on vocal technique to the Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus. It was a thrill to impart some new insights to the group, and to get to work with them as a conductor for a while. Making music in a choral setting - with many voices blending into one mass of sound - is something I haven't been part of for a long time. I'm excited that I'll have more opportunities to work with this fine group in the future!

Before that... I had the most EPIC concert experience! CARMINA BURANA with the combined forces of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Chorus, and Oakland Youth Chorus. Soloists were yours truly, Carrie Hennessey (Soprano), and Brian Thorsett (Tenor). Michael Morgan, Bryan Nies, and Lynne Morrow shared the helm for this grand celebration - the merging of the two symphonies and chorus as "East Bay Performing Arts". Here's a photo, which couldn't contain everyone on stage...

And another, with Maestro Bryan Nies, and Soprano Carrie Hennessey at the reception.

On to the next!! Lots of things are in the works... and it's turning into an exciting year ahead! BIG THANKS to my wonderful team at Cadenza Artists for all the love, energy, and support they put into my career!! Stay tuned for more news...