This week I was fortunate to have the distinct pleasure of performing in a masterclass at Georgia State for Todd Thomas, world renowned Baritone currently performing the title role of Rigoletto at the Atlanta Opera (Website found below). I sang Avant de quitter ces lieux from Gounod’s Faust. His teaching style and words of wisdom were remarkably informative, and it was truly one of the best masterclasses I’ve experienced. Mr. Thomas is both a down to earth and extremely knowledgable gentleman, and his Verdi Baritone voice is one that truly roars with thunderous power yet subtle romanticism. Besides myself 4 of GSU’s best baritone students sang, and everyone involved was impressed with the experience. Tickets are still available to see the Atlanta Opera’s production of Rigoletto, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it!
As I reach the midpoint of my final semester at Georgia State, life is staying busily booming with opportunities and responsibilities. I am preparing for my Senior Recital on March 31st, which will be at Florence Kopleff Recital hall at 8PM, and is both free and open to the public. This recital is in fulfillment of my Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. I have programmed a spectacular night of music, including a piece by Haydn featuring Soprano Allison and a full orchestral ensemble, a beautifully moving set by Richard Strauss, a premiere composition written for the event by local composer and friend David Brighton (Website found below), and more. I am also in the rehearsal process for the role of Schaunard in Georgia State University Opera Theater’s production of La Bohème, which will be April 10th- 12th in the Rialto Theater in downtown Atlanta. Meanwhile I have been preparing for the Merion Opera Idol competition in Chicago, which I will participate in this coming Wednesday, March 11th (Website found below). More details on that to come. Be on the look out for ticket information and chances to catch a performance, this year’s line up will be truly breath taking!
Composer David Brighton: http://brighton-towne.blogspot.com/
Merion Opera Idol Competition: http://merionevanston.com/opera-idol-competition-taking-place-evanston