Juilliard Degree Recital, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Beyond

Below is a summary of my performances in my last semester at Juilliard. Links to video of the performances are embedded in the titles of the works. Here is a link to my program notes and translations for my degree recital. 

On Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, I will present my degree recital with pianist Adam Rothenberg and a string quintet from the Historical Performance department. We  will perform Jacques Ibert’s Chansons du Don Quichotte, Johannes Brahms’ Vier Ernste Gesängethree chamber reductions of Mozart’s concert arias for bass, including Per Questa Bella Mano with Hugo Abraham on the Viennese bass, and premiere Das Haustier Liederbuch, a pet-themed song cycle by my friend, roommate, and composer-extraordinaire Katherine Balch.

Here is the facebook event for the recital. For those of you further afield, if it is possible to livestream, I will post the link in the event page. Stay tuned.

It will be a full winter and spring of performances. In February with Juilliard Opera, I’m in Otto Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, a charming mid-nineteenth century German opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. I’m singing the role of Dr. Cajus and covering Sir John Falstaff.

I join The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) for Protest! an evening of music from progressive social movements around the world in Merkin Hall on February 27 and at the Hudson Opera House on March 3. Developing and participating in the program with Steven Blier, Mary Birnbaum, and my fellow students last season was an incredible fusion of art and activism and I'm glad to share it with a wider audience.

We’ll close the semester in April with Jean-Philippe Rameau’s French Baroque masterpiece Hyppolite et Aricie. The Rameau runs until April 21, and on April 22 I head to  the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis  for their festival season. I am excited to share that I will perform two roles with the company – Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Specialist Julian Swanson in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s An American Soldier.

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