Jamie Barton and Friends

Here’s the video of our performance tonight. In true Minnesota fashion, I have to call it not bad 🙂 What a lucky night: great friends old and new, wonderful repertoire, and a chance to make it all sound. Thanks, Jamie, Amber, and Michael – bis zum nächsten Mal! And congratulations Jamie … Continue Reading →

Valuable Prizes

So I’m off in the morning to DC for an incredibly enjoyable task. On Monday, my dear friend Jamie Barton receives the Marian Anderson award. A valuable prize richly deserved goes to a friend whose immense talent, hard work, and generous soul do honor to the woman who inspired the … Continue Reading →


What do opera people do on a day off? Truth: we usually go to the mall. But not this week! Some of us are doing a Schubertiade at Hyde Hall, a gorgeous 19th century house overlooking Lake Otsego. Piano, violin, and voice combine with a beautiful room and a stunning … Continue Reading →

A musical Valentine

“The Rules of Engagement” was a hit! Fellow UT prof and wonderful baritone David Small and I inaugurated this program last night. We had been feeling good about it, and a very gratifying response from our crowd seemed to say that they found it effective as well. David sang beautifully … Continue Reading →

Tucson Desert Song Festival

I’m still flying after tonight’s recital with soprano (and dear friend) Christine Goerke. The Tucson Desert Song Festival does everything right: beautiful venues and pianos, great support staff, committed and enthusiastic audience. They made it easy for us to relax and rock the house. The opera girl in me loved … Continue Reading →