Seasons With Chorale: 4
Season Joined: 2013-14
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
MM - USC Thornton School of Music, BM - Loyola University New Orleans; Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Thriving Creative Artists, Killian's Commercial Workshop
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Performed with the LA Phil, LA Opera, The Industry, New Orleans Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd, Fresno Grand Opera, Townsend Opera, Rogue Valley Orchestra, Aspen Opera Theatre, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Pasadena Master Chorale; Faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
World premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Goethe in Andriessen's Theatre of the World with staging by Pierre Audi, the Los Angeles Opera (and later in Off-Broadway and New York Debut) as Atzuko in ¡Figaro! (90210), the Los Angeles Master Chorale as King David in Kirchner's Songs of Ascent, The Industry as Jameson in HOPSCOTCH, and the USC Fischer Museum as the baritone soloist in Parola's infinite self. West Coast premieres as the Title Role in Britten's Owen Wingrave and Ferdinand in Hoiby's The Tempest. European Debut in Paris performing Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Francois Chouchan in honor of Dr. Elsa Cayat, the only woman killed in the Charlie Hebdo shootings. 2016/17 season brings world premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic + The Industry in Steiger's Nimbus/Vertiginous Tracks, The Industry in McIntosh/Rice's Bonnie and Clyde, and Loyola New Orleans in Skelton's Letters to Santa; debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande with Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and Director Yuval Sharon, and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra in Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem; and returns to Le Salon de Musiques for Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and an all French Song recital with pianist Victoria Kirsch.
Formerly in the pop quartet VOX, featured on America's Got Talent
Highlights of your musical career:
My LA Phil Debut; Developing King David with Shawn Kirchner, Grant Gershon, and LAMC; The Role of Owen Wingrave with USC Thornton Opera; Bach with Horizon Music Group
Favorite choral work(s):
Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Bach, and Bach
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Developing and performing King David in Shawn Kirchner's Songs of Ascent with the Master Chorale. Also, when time and the world stopped at least two times during Bach's magical B minor Mass in Disney Hall. Wild.
What are you listening to these days?
Lots of Kurt Weill, Bach, The Marsalis Family, Pink Martini, Sergio Mendes, Paco de Lucía, João and Astrud Gilberto, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, M.I.A.
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
Proud New Orleans native.
Where do you live in L.A.?
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
The booming musical, visual arts, culinary, and mixology scene in Downtown Los Angeles.