Dejanira in Heartbeat Opera’s Dragus Maximus. Photo by Russ Rowland.
Dejanira in Heartbeat Opera’s Dragus Maximus. Photo by Russ Rowland.

RECENT:

FELLOW, MARLBORO MUSIC

June 23-August 10, Vermont

It was such a thrill to return to Marlboro for my third season. I worked on Stravinsky’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare and the Busch viola songs, among many other wonderful projects.

OPERA WRITING WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES with NYU / American Opera Projects

May 18, NYU, and 19 / 20, Stonewall Inn

A collaboration between NYU and AOP, the Opera Writing Workshop pairs composers and librettists with singers to create 20-minute operas as a learning opportunity for everyone involved. Our project this year celebrated the Stonewall Riots, and we performed the operas at the Stonewall Inn.

LA SUSANNA with Heartbeat Opera / Opera Lafayette

April 21 / 22, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and May 2-5, BAM Fisher, Brooklyn

Heartbeat Opera and Opera Lafayette co-produced a powerful #metoo-informed production of Stradella’s oratorio La Susanna, about the story of Susanna and the Judges. I played the narrator Testo, originally a part written for countertenor.

SHOSTAKOVICH’S FROM JEWISH FOLK POETRY with the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center

March 18 / 19, 2019, Alice Tully Hall

It was such a joy to revisit these pieces with the amazing Mané Galoyan, Miles Mykkanen, and Gilbert Kalish as fellow soloists.

JOYOUS BACH CONCERT with American Classical Orchestra

March 7, 2019, Alice Tully Hall

I was delighted to join the ACO Chorus for the first time, as a chorus member and step-out soloist. A beautiful concert full of wonderful music and musicians!!

ST. MATTHEW PASSION with True Concord Voices and Orchestra

February 22-24, 2019, Tucson, AZ

St. Matthew Passion is one of the most magnificent and devastating works in the western music canon, and I was so happy to join True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Tucson’s Grammy-nominated ensemble, to perform it!

GREEN MOUNTAIN MINI-FESTIVAL with TENET:

MONTEVERDI VESPERS and CONCERT: BEHIND CONVENT WALLS

January 3-6, 2019, New York

I was thrilled to join Green Mountain Project, TENET, and Dark Horse Consort—three incredible early music groups—in their annual collaboration on Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, as well as TENET’s beautiful concert celebrating 16th-century music by nuns, Behind Convent Walls.

BACH CANTATAS AND ARIAS with Gamut Bach Ensemble at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

December 12, 7:30; Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia

I was so happy to return to Philadelphia to work with the Gamut Bach Ensemble at PCMS. We presented BWVs 161, 156, and 106 (Actus Tragicus), as well as selected arias, with incredible period and modern instrumentalists.

CONCERT: AWKWARD LOVE at St. Paul’s Concert Series

December 8, 7 pm; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walnut Creek, California

I presented a program of arias, art songs, and a few standards, centered around the theme of weird and cringe-worthy situations to be found in the contralto repertoire. I was joined by the wonderful Marina Tolstova for a couple of duets.

COVER: MARTA AND PANTALIS, MEFISTOFELE, Metropolitan Opera

October 15-December 1, New York

It was wonderful to return to the Met to cover Marta and Pantalis in Boito’s Mefistofele!

VIVALDI GLORIA: “QUI SEDES” with Impromptu Music

September 6, 7 pm, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York

Impromptu Music is a volunteer organization of musicians raising funds for charities through music. I was so happy to participate in this concert of music by/for women, by Hildegard von Bingen, Vivaldi, and Caroline Shaw, organized and performed all by women. The concert was put on in order to raise funds for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, an organization that fosters leadership and activism in young women/nonbinary people of color, two of whom spoke, so beautifully, at the concert. It was truly a privilege to help support this organization. So many thanks to the Impromptu and Sadie Nash organizers for the opportunity.

Click here to go to the Sadie Nash Leadership Project site

DEJAINIRA IN HANDEL’S HERCULES; ANNA IN WEILL’S SEVEN DEADLY SINS at the Staunton Music Festival

August 10-19

Staunton, Virginia

I was so happy to return to the wonderful Staunton Music Festival this summer, the only place I’ve ever been where you show up for the virtuosic period trumpet rendering of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, and stay for the percussionists beautifully playing cacti in Cage’s Child of Tree. I sang Dejanira in a semi-staged period orchestra performance of Hercules, and later Anna(s 1 and 2) in a concert version of Seven Deadly Sins.

SHOSTAKOVICH’S FROM JEWISH FOLK POETRY; TELEMANN’S CANARY CANTATA with Music@Menlo

July 21, 25-26

Atherton-Menlo, California

I sang in Music@Menlo’s St. Petersburg and Leipzig concerts: Shostakovich’s masterful and haunting From Jewish Folk Poetry, and Telemann’s funereal Canary Cantata, composed upon the death of an artist...a friend...a pet bird.

BACH 333 at the Chelsea Music Festival

June 8-16

New York, New York

I was the alto soloist in Chelsea Music Festival’s 2018 celebration of Bach’s 333rd birthday.

MAHLER SYMPHONY #2 “RESURRECTION” with the Santa Cruz Symphony

May 5 and 6

Mahler’s stunning Resurrection Symphony incorporates the incredibly moving “Urlicht,” for alto and orchestra.

MASS IN B MINOR with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Maestro Masaaki Suzuki

April 28, New Haven

I soloed in Bach’s magnificent setting of the “Qui sedes.”

BEETHOVEN 9 with Tucson Symphony

April 4 and 6

Maestro Jose Luis Gomez paired Beethoven 9 with Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, a powerful response to 9/11.

COVER: FIRST MAID IN ELEKTRA

March 1-23, Metropolitan Opera

I was thrilled to understudy First Maid in Strauss’ Elektra.

STRANGE CITY with Cantata Profana

February 25 and 26

Cantata Profana put together an incredible program featuring movement artist Emma Jaster. I sang three songs for voice, piano, oboe and percussion by Ruth Crawford Seeger set to texts by Carl Sandburg.

CANTATAS BWV 23, 54, 36, AND SELECTED ARIAS with Gamut Bach Ensemble at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, 2017

Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, Schwingt freudich empor, and Wiederstehe doch der Sünde were performed, along with selected arias.

THAÏS at the Metropolitan Opera, 2017

Ailyn Pérez and Gerald Finley were Thaïs and Athanaël in Massenet’s setting of Anatole France’s morality (or anti-morality) tale. I played the role of the kind and welcoming Abbess Albine.

DAS LIED VON DER ERDE with Cantata Profana, 2017

Cantata Profana presented Schoenberg’s chamber version of Mahler’s masterpiece.

BEETHOVEN 9 with the Charleston Symphony, 2017

Under the baton of Maestro Ken Lam, prefaced by Strauss’ Metamorphosen.

BEETHOVEN 9 with the Charlotte Symphony, 2017

Under the baton of Maestro Christopher Warren-Green.

BRAHMS’ ALTO RHAPSODY, BACH’S MAGNIFICAT, EISLER’S HOLLYWOOD-ELEGIEN, SELECTIONS FROM CRUMB’S UNTO THESE HILLS at the Staunton Music Festival, 2017

As well as madrigals, motets, and a bit of Elvis impersonation!

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC, EBEN’S LOVELESS SONGS FOR VOICE AND VIOLA, BRAHMS SONGS AND DUETS at Marlboro Music Festival, 2017

As well as work on Pärt, Mendelssohn, and Bach.