A Season of Music

Today I wanted to take a moment and express gratitude for the musical moments that have been flowing into my life these past few months. I recognize that I am extraordinarily privileged to be a working singer here in the U.S., and I've felt like I've really come into my own as an artist these last few months. 

Much of my career is made up of concert and recital work, and this year has been no exception. From NYFOS and the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong, to concerts with the Reno Philharmonic and my Carnegie Hall debut, I've felt music infuse my soul with a true sense of connection. Being on stage with all the other musical players and communicating directly with audiences feels like heaven to me. I've met and collaborated with men and women of great expertise and wisdom, and every connection I make adds to my appreciation of what I do. So, to all my colleagues and friends, thank you. Thank you for adding your music into the world. 

 

And because last weekend was my CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT, here are a couple pictures. What a thrill!!

Opera Seria is online!

Last summer at Wolf Trap, we went from serious to silly as we emerged from Rape of Lucretia into the U.S. premier of Opera Seria. It made us laugh and cry (from laughing), and helped all of us performers poke a bit of fun at ourselves. Like Mozart's The Impresario, this piece takes us through the backstage bickering and creative head-butting that happens in the rehearsal room. In Act 3, we finally see a part of the opera that we've been putting together for the previous two acts, but not without a peek into the wings! Is it a success or a flop? Watch to find out... 

Act 1

Act 2 (My infamous dolphin aria rehearsal starts around 29:00)

Act 3

Last chance to view Wolf Trap Opera's The Rape of Lucretia

This month is your last chance to watch Wolf Trap Opera's production of The Rape of Lucretia:

In 2015, Wolf Trap Opera (WTO) embarked on a project to offer time-limited video streams of its productions at The Barns at Wolf Trap. In partnership with Blue Land MediaClassical WETA 90.9 and Wolf Trap Recordings, a new opera is made available at www.wolftrap.org/streaming every six months. To date, the performances include:

  • Gassmann | L’Opera SeriaMarch 2017 – September 2017 [coming soon]
  • Britten | The Rape of Lucretia : September 2016 – March 2017 [streaming now]
  • Corigliano | The Ghosts of VersaillesMarch 2016 – September 2016 [archived: see trailer]

The Intimacy of Creativity Song Festival 2017

It was my distinct pleasure to join Bright Sheng and NYFOS in Hong Kong last week as a guest in the Intimacy of Creativity Festival on the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology campus. I was especially impressed at how much the creative arts are nurtured at a university with tech focus. We worked and revised music in classes with the students, and all of the guests participated in press conferences and radio appearances throughout the week. I am so grateful for people who see the value in creativity and for composers who keep our art form thriving. This was an experience I will not soon forget. 

Check out this video about the week! 

New York Festival of Song: Dinner at 8/Picnic Cantata

I can't say it any better than Steve Blier:

Last night Bolcom, Kahane, and Bowles blazed into life through the talents of this gifted crew of musicians. Gabe K.’s “Six Packets of Oatmeal” and Bill B.’s “Dinner at Eight Suite” had very successful premieres—but I was especially gratified at the way Paul Bowles’ quirky, unique “Picnic Cantata” excited the audience. We’re recording it now—for a release probably next fall. The microphone is a stern mistress—oy vey—-but we’re in good hands: engineer Silas Brown, with producer Adam Abeshouse to do the final mix and edit. 

February 22nd