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January 10, 2018

                2017 has been an exciting year for Chicago opera-goers. The Windy City may be known nationally as the home of the Lyric Opera, but locally it stands for something quite different: an incubator for new and aspiring artists and companies to thrive, develo...

January 10, 2018

           America’s modern operatic marketplace has recently and informally segregated into
regional ‘specialties’. Los Angeles Opera has become known for its daring world premieres of
contemporary works each season, while in New York, the Met...

December 18, 2017

The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie has apparently woken up more than just the Force.

   I am an active member of several ‘nerd-culture’ forums on Facebook, much to the detriment of my blood pressure—nothing can QUITE get me as riled up as a good nerd culture fight,...

November 16, 2017

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe its current events, or maybe it’s the impending holiday season, but for some reason, I’m feeling introspective today.

I want to take a moment and talk about something that isn’t openly discussed—something that’s professionally swept under t...

October 31, 2017

My mother used to tell me, “People will rise or fall to the level of the bar you set for them.”

She also used to say, “You’re responsible for your own happiness.”

I hate to admit it, but yet again, Mom is right…

Guys.

We have a problem with the American arts system.

I recen...

October 12, 2017

 This past week, I've been struggling.

I've been struggling to be patient--with myself and with my instrument.

I'm currently practicing a Bach aria, "Komm in mein Herzen's Haus' from his Cantata no. 80. I'll be performing it later this month, and I'm hoping to get a good...

October 11, 2017

Today I sat in shock an horror while I read an article from the New Yorker.

If you haven't read Ronan Farrow's disturbing account of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assualt campaign over the past few decades, I HIGHLY suggest you take a moment and do so. Please do not miss th...

October 5, 2017

This article was previously posted in a shortened version at Scapi Mag. If you're interested in the condensed rant, please feel free to visit: http://www.scapimag.com/articles/elitism-opera-and-flip-flops-looking-into-the-la-scala-incident

I recently got into a discussi...

October 5, 2017

I did it.

I finally started this crazy shit.

     I've been talking about starting a blog for about three years. It seems I've dribbled on and on endlessly to just about anyone who would listen about my 'master plan'---an honest and open chronicle of the capers, catastro...

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