So 2015 has been a great year so far…

To recap:

In March I covered Rodolfo from Pucini’s La Boheme with Windy City Opera:

Boheme Act I (L to R: Sam Dewese as Marcello, Sam Weiser as Colline, Noah Gartner as Schaunard, Myself as Rodolfo)

In April, I played Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with New Moon Opera Company:

Nozze Quintet

(L to R: Myself as Don Curzio, Stuart Thompson as Conte Almaviva, Josh Poucher as Figaro, Giovanna Jacques as Marcellina, Peter Morgan as Don Bartolo)

In May, I played Morales and El Remendado in the /kor/ production of Bizet’s Carmen:

kor carmen 1

(L to R: Myself as Joakim Noah playing Morales and Remendado, David Govertsen as Dave McGillycutty playing Escamillo)

In June, I played Conte Almaviva in the Main Street Opera production of Gioachino Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”:


(L to R: Myself as Conte Almaviva, Emily Becker as Rosina, Michael Orlinsky as Figaro)

In July/August I played Rodrigo in New World Production/Opera On Tap Chicago/Main Street Opera’s production of Jacinto Guerrero’s “El huesped del Sevillano”:


(L to R: Erin Moll as Constancica, Myself as Rodrigo)

Just last week, I had my first performance with the Floating Opera Company production of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”:

cosi floco

(L to R: Myself as Mario (Ferrando), Chungers Kim as Bowser (Don Alfonso), Josh Poucher as Luigi (Guglielmo)

We will be taking this production of Cosi on tour through the Midwest beginning November, and continuing throughout the Spring of 2016. Also up in 2016, I’ll be covering Don Ottavio for Floating Opera Company’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and playing Ernesto in Windy City Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.


Opera On Tap Chicago has been going strong for a year now! Yes, we just passed our 12th Monthly show last week. We look forward to bringing you another 12, then another 12, then another 12…


I promise to update this blog more frequently….

And…I’m back

Well hello to the world again. I’m back!

It’s been a long journey since my last posting. Since then I’ve:

  • Performed my first Rossini role (Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola)
  • Sung an opera in Danish (Maskarade by Carl Neilsen with Vox3 Collective)
  • Reprised my role Chang Jun-rui (from Romance of the Western Chamber with East Chicago Arts Initiative) (Here’s a trailer for the show)
  • Covered the tenor solo for Mozart’s Requiem with Vox3 Collective
  • Performed for Bastille Day in San Francisco with Accordian player Ron Borelli and Soprano extraordinaire Eileen Meredith, who is now the Executive Director of Island City Opera in my hometown of Alameda, CA
  • Re-acquainted myself with Bach, singing with the Chicago Bach Ensemble in their latest concert, which was also the premier concert of the ensemble’s new conductor, Maestro Ruben Dubrovsky
  • Covered Ferrando (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte) and helped out my buddy Dan Grambow achieve his dream of starting his own opera company, Floating Opera Project (I did supertitles for him. Yes, it’s an important job!)
  • In March, I will be covering Rodolfo from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme with Windy City Opera
  • In April, I will be reprising the role of Dons Basilio and Don Curzio in New Moon Opera Company‘s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
  • And finally, in what is my proudest accomplishment in the past 14 months or so- I recently restarted Opera On Tap’s Chicago chapter!

What’s next? Hmmmm, not sure yet. I’ll continue to be a Co-Managing Divo of Opera On Tap Chicago at least for the next year. I took a few years off of performing opera in Chicago, but I plan on being very busy this 2015 year.

I also plan on keeping this blog active again!