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You can now here me sing in four places on the web:  here, here, here, and here.  Enjoy!  Special thanks, as always, to [profile] mechanyx.

I'm really worried about getting sick before the Tanglewood audition and the Britten-Pears audition.  So many people around me are sick right now.  eeeee.  Not good.   Next week, I'm looking at a really stressful week of lessons, coachings, rehearsals, and auditions.  Lots of driving all over the tri-state area, lots of singing.  And the week after that, its down to Baltimore for Ophelia, already!  How is this all coming up so fast?

I love being this busy.  But I'm worried about what happens next.  I need to get more work...  I have summer programs to apply to still, I have a lot of projects I'd like to work on once all this is over (including planning a recital to raise money for charity), I have to read The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein, and I have the recital in Tribeca to prepare for (although that's not until April).  But I need to get some more performing jobs somehow, something to work towards and look forward to.  I'm sure it will come.  But right now it feels like I'll wake up on December 10th after the last performance of Ophelia and jump into this big  void of nothingness.  Man, this is a hard profession I chose.  Good thing I like it!
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Tonight I went to So Percussion's performance at the World Financial Center.  They were amazing.  Such solid musicians and performers.  I strive to be like that.  They premiered a piece by Martin Bresnick which was also amazing.  Lisa Moore from the Bang on a Can All-Stars was the guest pianist.  (Yeah, she's pretty much incredible.)  The piece itself was probably one of the best I've heard from Bresnick.
Here's a picture of the boys from So:

They're all so nice, too.  And friendly and funny :)

In my career world: I have auditions for Tanglewood and Britten-Pears coming up fast, and Ophelia is less than three weeks away!  I also found out about this Norfolk Festival up at Yale in the summer, a contemporary music program where Bresnick teaches.  I think I might apply. I also have already started a plan of action to make my Bang on a Can Festival (aka Banglewood) application totally outstanding.

*Oh and really good news: I'm in talks with a composer who is working on an opera (he was commissioned by the Walker Arts Center of Minneapolis so this is the real deal) and he's writing a part for me!  Its going to be workshoped at MIT the weekend after Thanksgiving in 2008 before it goes to Walker.  This is basically like my dream come true. 

Too bad I feel so tired and empty inside right now.  In my non-work life, part of me is crumbling, but I'm trying to pick up the pieces and build something stronger out of myself, and I think its working so far.  I just want to be happy, you know?
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I finally got some of the pictures from the Operaworks production of My Other, My Selves.  Check 'em out...

And remember how I had a photo shoot for the advertisement for Ophelia Forever?  Well, here's the result of that:

That's the three of us, the three Ophelias.  We all look crazy, but hey, we're supposed to!  I have my first staging rehearsal this weekend, for which I'm excited.  Seriously guys, this opera is awesome.  

-Must figure out what to sing for the Tanglewood audition.  So happy I got that.
-Must apply to more Summer Festivals
-Must update website and do some more work on the media section, which is not yet up.  
-Must get some gigs for the holiday season!!!
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I'm back from a nice long trip to Vienna, Austria and Venice, Italy.  Wow, how can I explain how amazing it was?

-I went to many music performances, including the first two nights of Wien Modern (big important contemporary music festival for those of you outside the music loop); a salon performance in a beautiful apartment in downtown Vienna, as part of a series called Kulturverein Salon am Hof, where I saw a contemporary interpretive dancer and an experimental music saxaphonist play (I also got to meet the curator of the series who is an American ex-pat opera singer); and an orchestral concert by the Tonkünstler-Orchester of St. Pölten, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, who I got to meet and hang with briefly afterwords.  Contemporary music awesomeness all around. 

-I sat in many cafes and had many coffees, and during one evening as I sipped my cappuccino, an old man sat down at my table who knew everything about Thomas Mann, and said he had traveled to Italy to meet the sculptress Anna Mahler (daughter of Alma and Gustav Mahler) who he said got very drunk and talked about how she hated her mother.

-Saw an amazing exhibit on art since 1970 at the Albertina museum.  I was so inspired, it was incredible. 

-Spent a weekend in Venice, Italy, which is seriously one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life.  I saw many a gondola, many a beautiful canal, and ate black pasta (pasta with squid flavored in its own black ink) for the first time. 

-Found out while I was there that the CD I sent must have been impressive, because I have been invited to audition for the Tanglewood Festival!!!!  Wohoo!!!!!! Guys, this is kind of a big deal.

Here are some pictures from my journey...

Well, now I'm back home.  I have a lot of work to do.  But I am so happy I got to go on this trip.  So much art, beauty, and fun.
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+I scored the role of The Violated Saint in Amy Beth Kirsten's 2005 opera Ophelia Forever, to be performed with Harbor Opera in December.  I'm very happy about this.  Yay contemporary opera! 

+I finally got the DVDs from Operaworks, and I figured out how to upload them, cut them into the sections I wanted, and even extract the audio from them to use for prescreening recordings.  And I uploaded some of the stuff to youtube.  I just sent one of the videos here, so, it should show up soon.  Enjoy.

+I figured out how to convert my sound files to mp3 format.  However, I am still struggling with getting the xspf player to show up in my myspace and on my website.  I wrote the html for the tracks, and I edited the html for embedding it into the pages, and I uploaded all the tracks and the files onto the server.  I have no idea what I did wrong.  Help?

- I have a headache, and I'm not feeling so great.  And I have to somehow manage to drive to Montclair tonight.  Ugh.

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Save the Date: I will be giving a recital with contemporary music pianist extraordonaire Kathy Supove on April 24th, 2008 through the VIM Tribeca contemporary music concert series at Gallerie Icosahedron in Tribeca, NYC.

And in case you wanted to stalk me more immediately:

-Tomorrow night I'm going to the MATA Benefit in honor of Philip Glass.
-Thursday there are several performances I want to see, including a Stefan Weisman piece being performed at Galapagos in Williamsburg, and a later show at The Stone. 
-Saturday I have TWO AUDITIONS (yes, two in one day).  I have no idea how I'm going to pull that off, but I kinda have to.  I found out that, for one of the auditions, they had over 500 applicants and only chose to hear about 100, so I think its pretty awesome that I got an audition. 

I am hanging out at my new apartment.  It still needs a lot of work.  The painting is almost done, and my hands/arms/back are feeling it.  But at least it looks better!  I can't wait until its in decent enough shape to invite people over. 
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I've seen some amazing shows lately.  A few weeks ago at The Stone, I saw Todd Reynolds with Iva Bittova and it was AMAZING!  Seriously, I was so inspired, it was one of the best performances I've seen in a long time.  Aside from being supremely talented, Todd is also a really nice guy.  If you find out about any performances he is doing in your area, I highly suggest that you check it out.

Last night I went to check out what was going on at the VIM Tribeca concert series at Gallerie Icosahedron, curated by Judd Greenstein and Kimball Gallagher, and I saw William Brittelle's  Mohair Timewarp.  It was wild.  Sophisticated and Rockin'. 

After the show, I hung out with some awesome musicians, including John Altieri, Ken Thomson, the musicians in Mohair Timewarp, and Judd.  It was a good time had by all.  I really need to start going to more VIM Tribeca shows, not only because they have some great performances coming up in the next few weeks, but also because Judd confirmed that I WILL BE SINGING ON THE SERIES IN THE SPRING!!!!!!!

As far as everything else goes, I'm painting my apartment, which is a pain, but those ugly dark-orange walls the last tennants left had to go.  I also have some more auditions coming up at the end of this month, so keep your fingers crossed for me!  Tomorrow night I'll be checking out the show at the Bowery.  Its the Downtown Music Gallery's 16th Anniversary show, including performances by John Zorn, Raoul Bjorkenheim, and Lukas Ligeti.    I told you my life is fun! :)


Aug. 13th, 2007 10:22 pm
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1. I'm going to see FIONA APPLE tomorrow night in NYC!!!!!!!!  Don't laugh, but this is my first time going to a rock concert.  I can't wait!!!

2. I'm listed as a Rheinmaiden for the NJ Concert Opera/Baroque Orchestra of NJ October 2007 prodcution of Wagner's Das Rheingold.  No one told me about this, but okay!  Julia Rolwing, who won the Liederkranz Foundation Wagner competition this year, is singing Freia. 

3. This Saturday I play Coridon in Handel's  Acis and Galatea.
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Got some new headshots while out here in LA.  Check 'em out!

They're by Rick Stockwell who is actually based out of NYC. 

I've also read two books since I came to LA: Leaving Dirty Jersey by James Salant and Wasted by Marya Hornbacher.  And last night I started Homesick by Jenny Lauren.

I am a little homesick, I must admit.  I miss a lot of people in NYC/NJ.  And its hard to have fun out here without a car.  Although yesterday I did make it to the Hollywood Farmers Market, and managed to narrowly miss a sighting of Adrian Grenier.  On Thursday, OperaWorks is taking us to some shop on Ventura Blvd  where this guy who is a personal stylist is going to assess us and help us find some good outfits for auditions and other singer-ly things.  And I'm hoping to figure out a way to get into one of the preview performances of Eric Whitacre's new opera, Paradise Lost.  May as well, while I'm out here, right?

Two more weeks!!!


Jul. 8th, 2007 07:37 pm
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This would be me on the beach in Malibu.  Its about time!!!  I look like crap, but look at that beautiful water!!!
Admittedly though,  I think California is a little too "chill" for me.  I think I'll always be a pissed off New Yorker, no matter where I go.  Haha!


Jun. 30th, 2007 01:58 pm
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I'm leaving for Los Angeles in a few hours, so I'll leave you guys with some funny pictures I took recently.

This sign is on the side of a building in Brooklyn, NY:
So I guess only tenants and guests are allowed to sell drugs...

And this one is from Plainfield, NJ:

Just a little bit ironic.



Jun. 20th, 2007 02:32 am
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new, improved, and updated.  Enjoy.

special thanks to [profile] mechanyx, as always.


Jun. 18th, 2007 03:53 pm
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I sang for Licia Albanese today.  It was good.  She said I have a great "mezzo-voce" and a beautiful voice, which she thinks might turn out to be a spinto (really?) and suggested some roles she thinks I could do right now.  When I thanked her at the end, she pinched my cheek and said, "You sing, you sing!"  She's awesome. 

Last night was our very brief rehearsal for Thursday's performance with NJ Concert Opera orchestra.  I think it went well, and the conductor gave me another aria that he wants me to perform at the concert.  AND he wrote me an email this morning saying how pleased he was with my voice.  Sweet!

So now I have to keep practicing for Thursday, and then once that's over, start learning Acis and Galatea, and a few contemporary opera arias I want to take with me to California.  And one of these days I'll get to the beach.  I need a day at the beach. 
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Hey those of you in the NY metro area, here's a chance to see me perform with ORCHESTRA! 

Thursday, June 21st, at 6 pm, Plainwood Square Park, 1380 South Ave, Plainfield, NJ: I will be singing arias with the New Jersey Concert Opera Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Butts!  Its going to be an evening of opera highlights featuring singers from NJ Concert Opera and should be a fun and laid-back show.

August 18th, 7:30 pm: I'll be performing in a production of Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Baroque Orchestra of North Jersey.  I'll have to get back to you with the location and more details, but it should be good.

For those of you in the Los Angeles, California area, OperaWorks will be putting on two performances at the end of July, on the 28th and 29th.  Again, more details to come.

And my singing for Licia Albanese has been rescheduled for next week.  But I will definitely let you all know how it goes!


Jun. 5th, 2007 05:17 pm
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So, next week, I'm singing for Licia Albanese!!!!!!!!
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One of the last pictures I took before leaving my Baltimore apartment:
I turned in my keys.  I no longer live in Baltimore.  Sweet. 
This weekend: Bang on a Can 26 Hour music marathon in downtown NYC.  I'll be there.
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Peabody Commencement was yesterday.  I now have a Master's degree.  I think back to three years ago when I graduated from college, and how I never thought this day would come.  I really worked for this, and I'm very proud :)
Here's a pseudo-artistic photo taken by my mom:


May. 3rd, 2007 01:38 am
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-My younger cousin Jonny starts his Master's degree in Astro Physics this fall at Cambridge University!  Maybe he'll get to attend some Hawking lectures!  Maybe I'll have to go visit him.

-Last Saturday I was hanging out in Chelsea with a friend of mine from college and some of her friends from MIT.  They all work in the stock market or in these high-pressure finance jobs.  And after work and on weekends they spend their time getting drunk at places that resemble college bars.  One of them got on my case about not drinking.  He was like, "If you were one of my friends from work or something, and I knew you didn't drink, I would never invite you to come hang out with me," as if that would be such a horrible thing.  As if I should want to spend my free time hanging out with drunk guys in pseudo-college bars, which are environments I never cared for, even back in college.  Um, no, sorry, I actually have a life.

That also got me thinking about somthing someone on here posted from Donald Trump, and how he said one secret to success is doing a job that you never want to take a vacation from.  My career as a musician is a job I never want to take a vacation from.  I don't feel the need to get drunk and escape from life.  Well, okay, I do sometimes, but for other reasons, not work related.  I never want to retire.  I'm always thinking about work because I love it.  I'm an artist and I always have an inclination to do art. 

-I'm lining up a lot of auditions...
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Today I found out that I've been selected by the faculty and the dean to receive the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Prize for Commitment to and Performance of 20th/21st Century Music!!!!  I'm going to be recognized as an award recepient at the Honors Convocation at Peabody the night before graduation.  So cool!!!!!  (It seems there's some cash that comes with this prize as well:) 

I also got an email today from the artistic director of Squonk Opera.  They want to meet with me after they give a performance in South Orange next month.  I'm so excited. 

Tonight is Michael Berkovsky and Jia Jia (Jiayin) Shen's joint DMA chamber music recital.  I have talented friends.  :)
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