Jul 11, 2016
I have just returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where I served on the jury of the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition.
Jun 22, 2016
We try to meet children where they are, so that by the end of the week they will know more about music and have had fun. Today I run into adults who are married with kids who still remember how much they enjoyed Opera Camp. It’s very rewarding.
Jun 10, 2016
Attending conferences can be enlightening, inspiring, and occasionally frustrating, and you can certainly leave believing that the glass is very full—or very empty.
May 16, 2016
YAVA provides singers with a great opportunity to work with the same faculty who are responsible for HGO’s Studio and main stage artists.
May 12, 2016
When people are generous enough to share their experiences and pieces of their lives with you for the purpose of creating art, you really feel an obligation and a sense of responsibility to them.
Apr 19, 2016
It’s great to be conducting Carousel at HGO. I love the piece; it is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest score and includes one of the great anthems, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Apr 5, 2016
It’s great to be back in Houston for Siegfried. This is my first Ring cycle as Wotan, and it is the realization of a dream for me.
Mar 10, 2016
Finding a way to bring an artistic vision to the stage is a big part of why I do this job. But there is also a point when we need to ask, “How can we create this responsibly, within the operational capacity that we have?”
Feb 19, 2016
There are very few questions in life that I find uncomfortable, but one is, surely, when I’m asked about a new opera season: “What are you most excited about?” It always feels like someone is asking me, “Which child is your favorite?”
Feb 3, 2016
Our annual Concert of Arias is a big day for HGO, and especially for the HGO Studio; it’s the culmination of our audition process for incoming studio artists and the final round of the Eleanor McCollum Competition.