Metropolitan Opera Quiz

Today I had a dream come true: I was a panelist on the Met Opera Quiz. We did our thing in the second intermission of Borodin’s Prince Igor (an impressive performance, with the Met chorus and orchestra sounding divine, and uniformly excellent singing from the soloists). The host of the quiz … Continue Reading →

A Coffin in Egypt

I am thrilled to announce that in April, I’ll be conducting the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera, A Coffin in Egypt.  The performances will take place at The Wallis Annenberg Center, and the centerpiece of this one-woman tour-deforce is the indefatigable Frederica von Stade. I’ve worked with … Continue Reading →

The Rang Sackle

I’m settling in for a normal few weeks of teaching at UT: Italian classes, La bohème preparation, individual lessons. And also reviewing the score of Wagner’s Das Rheingold for my next project, the first installment of the Ring Cycle at the Houston Grand Opera. The company is tackling this seminal work for the … 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 →