Opera for Peace
Before the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world, I had the tremendous honour to travel to Sochi, Russia, to sing under the baton of Dmitry Korchak and the Novaya Rossya State Symphony Orchestra, and perform alongside some truly wonderful colleagues. I hope you enjoy these two excerpts from Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
My summer at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie will always hold a special place in my heart. I sang for many Casting Directors and Agents, learned from incredible artists as well as my colleagues, and got to perform frequently, anything from Lied and Cabaret to Opera, including my debut with the Nürnberger Symphoniker under maestro Michael Hofstetter.
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 supporters, family and friends.
I feel truly blessed that I got to continue to sing during the coronavirus pandemic to some degree at the Washington National Opera. Some of my favourite memories include rehearsals and recordings with pianist William Woodard for the DAS LIED competition as well as projects together with my wife.
In November 2019, Michał Biel and I were Young Concert Artist finalists and got to perform a short recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Michał and I met at the IMA, and every opportunity I had to collaborate with him has truly been a great privilege. I hope you enjoy.
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 amazing sounds 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, and my time at Curtis truly would not have been the same without these two beautiful souls and our journey together.
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 learning 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.