Tag Archives: Baroque

Baroque Concert for the New Year

With some quick organizing, enthusiastic musicians, and good colleagues, the unlikely is not impossible! The early music concert that almost happened a year and a half ago has been re-imagined and resurrected, and it’s taking place this Friday, January 9, in Berkeley, CA..

I almost didn’t bring up the idea with Eugene, but I did on a whim because I remembered how excited we were about the music and the chance to perform together. Ask and you shall receive — what a way to start the year!

Chabot Chamber Society presents a Baroque Concert for the New Year:


The two cantata’s, Bach’s Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Wedding Cantata, BWV 202) and Montéclair’s Le Dépit Généreux, were pieces I’d originally learned in 2013, and I’m so pleased to be singing them in less than a week.

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IN THE WORKS @ September 2, 2013 I’ve been cast for my first NYC shows: Oberto (Alcina scenes, Handel) with New York Lyric Opera September 28, 11:00 AM at Symphony Space contact me for tickets! 1st Lay Sister, 2nd Alms Sister, and Novice (Suor … Continue reading

In the works update (July 3, 2013)

IN THE WORKS @ July 3, 2013

Updating my audition package!

  • “Chacun le sait” from La fille du régiment 
  • “Vedrai carino” from Don Giovanni
  • “Tornami a vagheggiar” from Alcina (Handel)
  • “Du gai soleil” from Werther (Massenet)

Early Music concert in Berkeley, CA, with Eugene Petrushansky and friends, August 2013

  • Le Dépit généreux (Michel Pignolet de Montéclair)
  • Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 (J. S. Bach)
  • “Languia di bocca lusinghiera”, from cantate HWV 123 (Handel)
  • “Endless pleasure” from Semele (Handel)
  • “Chi t’intende?” from Berenice (Handel)
  • Flow my tears (Dowland)

For fun, when I have free time:

  • “Solitudini amiche, aure amorose … Zeffiretti lusinghieri” from Idomeneo (Mozart)
  • Breit’ über mein Haupt dein schwarzes Haar (R. Strauss)
  • “Che sento? Oh Dio!…Se pietà” from Giulio Cesare 

Astoria Music Festival 2013

Just got back from a great experience as an apprentice at the Astoria Music Festival in Astoria, Oregon. What a great 2.5 weeks! I’ve got less than a week to finish packing for my move to NYC, but I hope to post in more detail in the next few days.

For now, some highlights!

Astoria, land of beautiful sunsets:


Sun shining through shifting clouds as seen from a pier along the Columbia


Sunset as we drive across Youngs Bay


Setting sun reflected in windows along the Columbia River


Low tide sunset along Astoria Riverwalk

An incredible range of Festival events:


Masterclass with Ruth Ann Swenson


My view singing in the Otello chorus at the Verdi concert, featuring Ruth Ann Swenson, Allan Glassman, and Richard Zeller.


Baroque opera with a Baroque ensemble led by Gwendolyn Toth


Copland’s Appalachian Spring in the original chamber orchestration performed to a film of Martha Graham dancing her original choreography


Setting up for the Wagner concert at the historic Liberty Theater

I loved being part of a Festival, working on my own repertoire and role while attending language classes, coachings, rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses, and performances. I made wonderful new friends and got to work with amazingly knowledgeable and generous professionals. I was in the same room as Ruth Ann Swenson and Richard Zeller — which I never in my wildest dreams ever thought would happen — and talked to them and hugged them. I experienced music that made me laugh (Gianni Schicchi) and cry (Dido and Aeneas and Appalachian Spring), singing that made me hold my breath (Ruth Ann’s Desdemona) and made my jaw drop (Allan’s Otello and Richard’s Iago). I knew I would learn a lot from the program, but I came away with so much more than I’d expected. At a time of big changes in my life and in my voice, Astoria Music Festival helped me to appreciate where I am now and gave me hope for the things to come.