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.
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.
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. Curtis was truly a learning by doing kind of place, and I got to learn and perform many roles here when I was still a baby baritone. Favourite roles included Don Giovanni, Junior, and Junius amongst others.
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.