Please enjoy a few moments of audio and video that have been gathered over the years from various performance venues.
Jaap Van Zweden/HK Phil – Wagner’s Siegfried Act 1
The years 2015 through 2019 featured my crisscrossing the globe, back-and-forth to Hong Kong! Jaap van Zweden (Music Director, New York Philharmonic) and the outstanding Hong Kong Phil embarked upon an epic adventure to record a complete—and award winning—Das Ring der Nibelungen (Ring Cycle) by Richard Wagner. Here is a small sampling of Act 1 of Siegfried, with Simon O’Neil as ‘Siegfried’ and myself as ‘Mime’. Full recording available on the Naxos label.
Turandot, Act II, scene I:
While I have done Turandot a number of times, I think the production that I did in Santa Fe was the most fun. These are the photos you will see as you listen to the excerpt (See photo gallery for full description.) The actual audio excerpt is from a broadcast performance with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2007. My good friends and colleagues Quinn Kelsey (Ping) and Scott Ramsey (Pong) round out our trio from Act II, scene I; and represents one of the very best scenes and music in the entire opera.
Tanzmeister’s Aria, from Ariadne auf Naxos
From early on in my career; a recording from a live broadcast of Ariadne auf Naxos, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1998. Wonderful production by Robert Perdziola, conducted by Robert Spano.
Spoletta’s Act II monologue, Tosca
Recorded in London at EMI Classics studio, the CD was to become the soundtrack for the movie Tosca directed by Benoit Jacquot, and starred Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. I was surprised to discover that I was the only American who was working on the project. Despite the backstage gossip that one regularly hears about Gheorghiu and Alagna, I can say from firsthand personal experience that they were then, and continue to be, two of the warmest and most personable people I have ever met in the industry.
Andrea Chenier, Metropolitan Opera Saturday After Radio Broadcast; Incredibile’s Act III aria, Donnina Innamorata.
L’Incredibile tries to convince Gerard (Mark Delavan) to not get too enamored with females, or their hearts, as it will only lead to trouble.
Andrea Chenier, Metropolitan Opera, Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcast– Incredibile Act II recitative.
The character of Incredibile is one of mystery, subversion, and disruption. Here is a brief excerpt of an Act II recitative that captures his essence.