Juilliard Performances 2016
Last time I wrote, I remember feeling both a sense of excitement and some measure of anxiety about my leap into Juilliard and New York City life. I'm two months in, and I'm loving it. More on that another time, today I'm writing to share a few performance dates and links to watch them via livestream.
This Friday at 4 PM I will share a scene from Claudio Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with baritone Jacob Scharfman in a masterclass led by the conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. In the scene, I portray the Roman philosopher Seneca stoically (pun!) embracing his death. The masterclass will showcase the work of a number of my colleagues at Juilliard singing Monteverdi and Handel. The livestream will be at this link on Friday at 4 PM. If you can't catch it live, it will be posted to Juilliard's YouTube channel.
I have a few more performance dates to share this fall. On November 30, pianist Nathaniel LaNasa and I will perform a set of Schubert's lieder on poems by Johann Mayrhofer in a Juilliard Liederabend along with other Juilliard singers and pianists. Schubert and Mayrhofer will close friends and roommates in Vienna. Mayrhofer's poetry is manic, ecstatic, and depressive. It despairs, convulses, rages, and crumbles in its effort to communicate the ephemeral nature of human achievement and his own poetic work. But, here we are, two hundred years later, still thinking about his works as brought to life by Schubert's music.
Lastly, on December 9, tenor John Noh and I will perform a scene from Donizetti's Don Pasquale as part of the Vocal Arts Showcase Series.
In my last letter I wrote of the sense of change and transition that came with moving to New York. I knew I would find satisfaction in the work at Juilliard, but I'm happy to say that I'm also finding a supportive, multi-faceted community among my fellow students, the faculty and staff. I'm really happy here.