Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Michelangelo, by Hugo Wolf

Recorded September 2018, Berlin


Prelude to Making Tellus, by Nina C. Young

Recorded May 2015 at Bard Conservatory


NOTE: The video file of this performance provided to me by The Juilliard School was corrupted and for that reason portions of it are out of sync.*

Excerpts from L'Incoronazione di Poppea, by Claudio Monteverdi

Masterclass with Pablo Heras-Casado, October 2016

The Juilliard School. Broadcasted by Medici.TV


Recordings are a conundrum. They are snapshots of our work that pass themselves off as permanent. To publish a recording is to put ones work in conversation with unattainable perfection and definitive performances of the past. It is to invite judgement. For us young singers, arias take on a life and a drama more real than that which they serve in their respective operas. We march them out in competitions and in audition after audition. Somehow arias sometimes turn into mere "audio samples." In these contexts the aria becomes two things at once: the work itself and an operatic 100 meter dash or 5k in which we show how we excel and where we fall short. For better or worse, I've grown accustomed to this function of arias, and don't hesitate to post aria recordings (of my favorite takes), even as I hear the ever present space between my rendition and that which I strive for. Lieder however gives me pause. Though the form gives more latitude for personal interpretation, to post recordings of my favorite lieder feels somehow more presumptuous than an aria. Nevertheless I've chosen to post a few recent lieder recordings. They are public drafts. When I listen to them, I hear work that I'm proud of; I hear interpretative decisions that didn't quite get to the heart of it; I hear risks that paid off; I hear risks I didn't take; I hear my vanity masking the music; I hear the music come through; I hear a vowel not quite open enough; I don't hear a final consonant. All of this, I hope, adds up to my conversation with my collaborators and the composers, which is essentially the thing I want to share. With that long caveat disguised as a reflection, I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to sharing more.