This opera gave me the opportunity to sing some of the most beautiful lines I've ever had the joy of singing. This small intimate production with the Washington Opera was a highlight of my bel canto career. Poor Rodolpho (my role) didn't know he had to be a firefighter when one evening, while carrying the soprano in his arms, she forgot to extinguish her candle and her dress caught on fire!
I will never forget singing the role of Prince Galitsky with the San Francisco Opera Company. In this particular production, I was forced to use my athletic skills to climb a 30-foot statue of a golden horse, as well as flipping over a railing and landing on the stage floor 8 feet below. Director Francesca Zambella really knows how to get the best from her male leads!
This opera, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful operas ever written. Singing the role of Mephistopheles is one of the most satisfying experiences a bass-baritone can possibly have. I could sing this one every night! This photo is from a production with Opera Pacific
This was my first time to sing the wonderful role of Wotan with the prestigious San Francisco Opera. It took a long 9 months to prepare this role, but with the help of the late great baritone, Thomas Stewart, as well as my musical coach, Linda Hall from the Metropolitan Opera, it turned out to be a great success. I have very fond memories of this production.
Antony and Cleopatra
Performing the title role of Antony was my first major lead in my career. Singing with my beautiful friend, Esther Hinds as Cleopatra, we recorded this piece at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and were fortunate enough to win a Grammy award for our efforts. This was in the category of "best new classical composition."
The Barber of Seville
My one and only time to sing the role of Don Basilio was with the Canadian Opera Company. During our rehearsal period for this opera, I remember it being a bit difficult trying to capture the personality the director was looking for; but by opening night, it turned out to be a great success with a wonderful cast of characters.
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Clip: Il Trovatore:
Place: Metropolitan Opera 1988
Role: Olin Blitch
Place: Knoxville Opera
La Belle Helene
Working in this production with the Canadian Opera Company was one of the most enjoyable times of my career. Using ad lib dialogue, the other lead cast members and I had so much fun bringing the audience in as part of our show. By the end of the evening, they were rolling in the aisles with laughter!