Keep on Singin’

Happy New Year! So much has happened lately that it has been difficult to keep the updates flowing, however here’s a brief catch up of whats happened in the last month:

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In late December I spent an afternoon caroling with a group of singer friends, visiting the Sunrise home for the elderly in Decatur, GA. It was very casual and enjoyable, containing Christmas carols from all round the spectrum. The members of the home enjoyed it vastly, and it felt great to spread holiday cheer. I also sang the National Anthem at two Georgia State Basketball games, which filled me with Panther Pride, and even made me #Bleedblue a bit. I then departed for France for the holidays, arriving on Christmas Eve. I spent a wonderful Christmas with the Carrion family, and toured around Le Mans, La Ferte- Bernard, Mont Saint- Michel, and Angers for New Years! I spent the last week of my vacation in Paris, and auditioned for both the Atelier Lyrique program and L’ Ecole Normal de Paris. Both were spectacular learning experiences for me, and I am so proud to announce my acceptance to L’ Ecole Normal de Musique for the continued study of vocal performance. If I should choose to continue with this venture I will enroll at the earliest in Fall semester of 2016. Below I have provided links to both institutions, check them out! While in Paris the controversial attack on Charlie Hebdo happened, which was both fear and awe inspiring. The people of France quickly rallied to support their country, specifically their right to freedom of press and expression. Many great gatherings occurred while I was in Paris, including a meeting at the Place de la République which my girlfriend and I attended. (Photo below)


Now I’m back in school, continuing the preparation for my Senior recital, Georgia State Opera Theaters’ production of La Bohéme, and my FINAL semester as an undergraduate at GSU. I am carrying the heaviest course load I have ever endeavored to bear, but I know once I’m wearing the robe and walking down the aisle towards my degree all of it will be ever so worth it. I am also continuing working as a singer around the Atlanta area, beginning this weekend with the Atlanta Opera’s ’24 Hour Opera Project,’ in which an entire operetta is composed, staged, and performed within a 24 hour window. This will be happening this coming Saturday, January 24th, at the Theatrical Outfit in downtown Atlanta. This is my first project with the Atlanta Opera, and I can’t wait to get started! (Link provided below)  After this weekend, my next most prevalent gig is my debut for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in which I will be singing both Papagano’s opening aria and duet from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. This event will occur on Valentines day, and is one of the primary shows that are blossoming from the amalgamation of the ASO and Atlanta’s own Alliance theater. This is an extremely exciting opportunity, and I am so pleased to be a part of these two great creative forces coming together. The production is titled ‘My Family Valentine,’ and a link is provided below.

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Enjoy the fruits of this new year, and be on the lookout for the following upcoming events:

January 24th: Atlanta Opera’s ’24 Hour Opera Project’

February 14th: The Atlanta Symphony presents: ‘My Family Valentine’

March 31st: Nick Yaquinto: Senior Recital

April 12th- 14th: Georgia State Opera Theater Presents: La Bohème

(PS: Check out my feature on the GSU School of Music Website on the ‘Opera” page as shown below: )

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