Upcoming Tours

Italy

La Bella Vita - Wine, music & more in Northern Italy (October 7-16, 2022)

Experience the beautiful sights, tastes and sounds of Northern Italy in October. This tour will take you from beautiful Lake Como to Reggio Emilia, a charming city from which we will explore Modena and Mantua. In Parma, we will enjoy a performance of Verdi's La forza del destino at the Verdi Festival. The tour ends in Milan, where we will attend the premiere of a new production of Umberto Giordani's Fedora at La Scala. 

Performance Reviews

New York, NY

The life of Nora London is celebrated in word and song at New York’s Morgan Library

The newly named George and Nora London Foundation for Singers will continue supporting young singers, as it has since 1971.

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New York, NY

Orchestra of the Teatro Real brings artistic excellence and royalty to Carnegie Hall

For the first time in it's history, the Orchestra of Teatro Real conducted by Juanjo Mena comes to America.

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Great Barrington, MA

Berkshire Opera Festival’s gripping Don Giovanni is updated but authentic

André Courville made for a dashing, virile Don Giovanni both vocally and dramatically.

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Katonah, NY

Marie-Eve Munger and Anthony Roth Costanzo are perfect together in Handel’s Theodora at Caramoor

Avi Stein leads Trinity Wall Street forces in stylistically sure performance.

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New York, NY

Chen leads NYO2 with rousing energy at Carnegie Hall

Aaron Diehl solos in Gershwin's Concerto in F.

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New York, NY

Daniel Harding leads NYO-USA in Elgar and Mahler at Carnegie Hall

Energy is the buzz word as Carnegie Hall's acclaimed youth training orchestra returns to live concerts.

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Lenox, MA

Nelsons’ Tanglewood Mahler Fifth tops another exciting weekend of music in the Berkshires

Rare opporutnity to hear works by two pioneering Black composers William Grant Still and George Walker. 

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Chatham, NY

Berkshire Opera Festival’s Three Decembers sizzles as temperatures soar onstage and off

Jake Heggie expresses loss, sorrow and survival in melody in operatic adaption of Terrence McNally play.

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New York, NY

East Meets West in New Jersey Symphony’s lyrical Chinese program

Xian Zhang conducts program of classic Chinese and American works.

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Lenox, MA

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Recordings Reviews

Ventura, CA

Requiem for the Enslaved

Carlos Simon and Marco Pavé offer a searing, transcendent memorial to past sins and hopes.

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Goshen, NY

Aaron Jay Kernis's Elegy (For Those We Lost)

Elegy (For Those We Lost) is dedicated to the families of those who have died from COVID-19. Aaron Jay Kernis originally composed the piece for solo piano, but arranged it for harp and trumpet was made at the request of the Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. 

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Berlin

Vince Mendoza's Freedom Over Everything

To the Edge of Longing for soprano and orchestra is one of the most stunning musical creations inspired by these troubled times. 

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Lawrence, Kansas

dwb (driving while black)

Of the three recorded versions of Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel's dwb (driving while black), this recording is the purest one.

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Chicago

Archetypes

In their new release, Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion joins with celebrated Brazilian guitarist Sérgio Assad and his daughter - vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Clarice Assad - to portray in music twelve of these universal characters that defy time and place.

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Paris

The Freischütz Project

Conductor Laurence Equilbey is the first to present Carl Maria von Weber’s opera using the principles and original instruments of historically informed performance with a stellar cast.

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New York

Brooklyn-based ensemble and songwriting collective Founders releases Songs for the End of Time

Ben Russell and Brandon Ridenour, members of the new music ensemble Founders, radical rework of Olivier Messiean’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps is faithful to both the spirit and the austere beauty of the original.

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Warsaw

The songs of René de Boisdeffre - A nineteenth-century master of melody

Acte Préalable’s recording of reveals that at his best, René de Boisdeffre could fashion a song to rival those of his greatest contemporaries, including Fauré.

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France

Contralto - Nathalie Stutzmann / Orfeo 55

Stutzmann’s last recording with Orfeo 55, the chamber orchestra which she founded and performed with as soloist and conductor simultaneously, celebrates the legacy of the great Baroque contraltos and the music that they inspired. 

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New York

Once and Again

Once and Again, the most recent recording of Edward Smaldone's music, features a sampling of his smaller-scaled works, including two for voice and instruments.

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About

I got the travel bug from my parents. As a boy I had crisscrossed the US with them and my younger brother on the classic American Road Trip to California. At 16, I went to Europe for the first time. The destination was Germany, a country that I have returned to many times. In addition to business and personal travel, I have lived in Switzerland, Singapore and China. So far, it’s been a wonderful life of travelling the world and experiencing its wonders..

A musician for most of my life, first a trumpet player and then a singer, I have a degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, I began reviewing for Seen and Heard International and have posted reviews from the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, I regularly contribute program notes to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and have had music and travel articles published in the Global Times, Shanghai Daily, MusicWeb InternationalBroad Street Review and other publications.

Although I am thrilled to have press privileges in many of the world’s great concert halls and opera houses, it is the offerings in the more out-of-the way places that excite me the most. There one still finds great music, often at its national, indigenous best, in theaters, whether ancient or modern, that are as grand and beautiful as any in the world. More importantly, these venues not only preserve the past, they embrace the new, keeping classical music current and vital. That is the world that I invite you to explore with me on my tours.

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