Opera for Peace
Shortly before the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, I had the tremendous honour to sing two excerpts from Il Barbiere di Siviglia under the baton of Dmitry Korchak and the Novaya Rossya State Symphony Orchestra, and perform alongside truly wonderful singers in Sochi, Russia.
My summer at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie will always hold a special place in my heart. This video clip features a performance of Papageno's Aria from Magic Flute with the Nürnberger Symphoniker under maestro Michael Hofstetter in Nürnberg, Germany.
During my first season at the Washington National Opera as a Cafritz Young Artist, Rob Ainsley had the wonderful idea to record a Thanksgiving Tribute for our supporters, family and friends. We express our gratitude with this lied, An Die Musik by Franz Schubert, which aptly expresses the power of art in even the darkest of hours.
William and I had an intensive time learning the works of Aribert Reimann in preparation for the DAS LIED competition in Heidelberg, Germany.
The Nachstück cycle is set with the text by Josef von Eichendorff.
In November 2019, Michał Biel and I were Young Concert Artist finalists and had the opportunity to perform a short recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. We featured a program that contains some of my favorite pieces, which includes selections from Ned Ned Rorem, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.
Shortly after competing together in New York at the Young Concert Artists Competition, Michal Biel and I recorded some arias together in Philadelphia with the wonderful Sound Engineer, Drew Schlegel.
In 2016, Mikael Eliasen, Ashley Robilliard and I embarked on a wonderful journey with the Italienisches Liederbuch by Hugo Wolf together. We performed the entire collection of 46 songs all over the United States, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. This experience remains a highlight during my time at the Curtis Institute of Music.
The Curtis Institute of Music will always be my musical home, and I will never be able to fully express the gratitude that I feel to this day when I think about my time as a student in Philadelphia. Studying at Curtis was truly a learn by doing experience. Some of my favorite roles that I first sang here include the title role in Don Giovanni, Junior, and Junius amongst many others.
During my time at the Curtis Institute, we regularly performed at Field Concert Hall for the Philadelphia public. This performance was one of the few times I got to share the stage with the composer, a good friend, and my dear wife. The poetry was written by our teacher and the piece was commissioned by friends.
These videos from my personal Archive were filmed when I was taking my very first steps as a baritone. Three of the performances were in recorded in Berlin during my first years at Curtis and right before I was accepted to study in Philadelphia, and the other two in Chautauqua NY and Baden bei Wien in Austria, both places, were I spent multiple summers as a young baritone to study Lied and Opera.