As the launch project of the newly formed Cantanti Project, our Strauss Celebration was a huge success! With Bill Lewis at the piano, we presented an afternoon of Strauss’s lieder and opera in Washington Heights. In the audience were Strauss experts and novices, musicians and non-musicians, conductors, artists, singers of all kinds, people who knew a little about classical music and some who know a whole lot. The feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive. Along with compliments on the wonderful voices, the ensemble work, and the sensitivity and musicality of the piano-playing, we also received inquiries as to whether we would be performing this program again. I can’t help but glow at the idea that people would want to hear the music again and would want others to hear it too.
– Composer, Der Rosenkavalier
Basking in the aftermath of adrenaline, satisfaction, and joy, I realized the most valuable outcome of this project was not the singing I got to do but the friendships I reaffirmed with each of the singers involved. I reconnected with friends, most of whom I hadn’t seen or sung with in years and one whom I met just this summer at Astoria Music Festival, and partnered with newer friends whom I’ve never worked with before. The weeks leading up to the performance, though stressful, were filled with rehearsing, discussing, sharing ideas — it was the kind of “busy” that makes you feel alive. It’s truly beautiful that music and music-making brings people together like this.
IN THE WORKS @ November 21, 2014
A Strauss Celebration: 150 years
- Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
- 3:00 PM
- Lieder and selections from Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Der Rosenkavalier
- Holyrood Church (179th and Fort Washington), Washington Heights, NYC
- The launch project of Cantanti PROJECT, a project-based performance group in NYC, for singers and by singers.
Cornerstone Chorale’s Winter Concert
- Sunday, December 7th, 2014
- 3:30 PM
- Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël and other holiday pieces
- Holyrood Church, Washington Heights, NYC
Zerlina in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric
- Monday, December 15th, 2014
- 7:00 PM
- NOLA Studios, NYC
Covering the role of Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante in 2015 with New York Opera Forum
The last two months of 2014 are turning out to be exciting and overwhelming. Things were supposed to wind down after Cendrillon, but after just a few weeks of quiet it picked back up with auditions, new repertoire, and the news that I was cast to sing Zerlina in Don Giovanni this December.
Another project just around the corner is one I am especially proud of, a concert celebrating Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday.
Even if you don’t care much for birthdays, you’ve go to admit that 150 years is a big deal. This one was celebrated all over the world, most noticeably with performances of his works. Statistics from Operabase.com show how Strauss-mania kicked in for 2014:
- In 2013: 364 performances of 85 productions, in 57 cities
- In 2014: 625 performances of 153 productions, in 92 cities
The idea of putting on a Strauss concert had been on my mind all year, and after summer came and went I knew I was running out of time. It’s taken plenty of sweat and a bit of stress (but thankfully, no blood), and everything has come together beautifully.
I’m thrilled and honored to be making this music with eight fabulous women, the majority of whom are old friends and a handful of whom are new ones. Our concert is this Saturday at 3 PM in Washington Heights, NYC. We’ll be performing at the same church I had my recital at earlier this year, Holyrood Church. If you’re in the neighborhood, please come by to hear some Strauss!