“E lucevan le stelle” – Tosca

Happy to have finished my first run of a Tosca production as Mario Cavaradossi. What a thrilling role to sing and I am grateful for the opportunity. Here is the final aria from yesterday’s performance recorded on the phone of an audience member. (Translation below)

(from a live performance on Dec. 10, 2017)

Translation:

The stars were shining, And the earth was scented.

The gate of the garden creaked And a footstep grazed the sand…

Fragrant, she entered And fell into my arms.

Oh, sweet kisses and languorous caresses,

While feverishly I stripped the beautiful form of its veils!

Forever, my dream of love has vanished.

That moment has fled, and I die in desperation. And I die in desperation!

And I never before loved life so much, Loved life so much!

Recital for Maestro Peter Mark’s Master Class Series

unnamedI have greatly enjoyed being a part of Peter Mark’s Master Class series this winter. There have been new and difficult lessons … but that is always the case when honing one’s skills and advancing. You fall down and get back up, moving ever onward.

As a result I feel like my technique is finally approaching a level that I would call “beautiful singing” … the kind of singing that is nuanced and luxurious. We are our own worse critics, so it is exciting to me to actually feel that way. Now, of course, it is time to get that embodied so it becomes completely natural.

Fortunately I have the perfect opera lined up to help me along that path toward technical embodiment … Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” in June!

For now, my focus is on this weekend. We will be singing in front of a panel featuring music professionals from Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Long Beach Opera, KUSC and more. I will be singing “Donna non vidi mai” from Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”.