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Musings

  • Keeping Score
    Jul 25, 2016

    It is just a shelf of hardbound books to some, but to me it represents a lifetime of knowledge and aspiration. 

  • Vocal Competitions: A Judge's Perspective
    Jul 11, 2016

    I have just returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where I served on the jury of the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition. 

  • Opera Camp Turns 20
    Jun 22, 2016

    We try to meet children where they are, so that by the end of the week they will know more about music and have had fun. Today I run into adults who are married with kids who still remember how much they enjoyed Opera Camp. It’s very rewarding.

  • Different Conferences, Similar Themes
    Jun 10, 2016

    Attending conferences can be enlightening, inspiring, and occasionally frustrating, and you can certainly leave believing that the glass is very full—or very empty. 

  • Boosting Young Singers’ Training
    May 16, 2016

    YAVA provides singers with a great opportunity to work with the same faculty who are responsible for HGO’s Studio and main stage artists. 

  • Litmus Test
    May 12, 2016

    When people are generous enough to share their experiences and pieces of their lives with you for the purpose of creating art, you really feel an obligation and a sense of responsibility to them.

  • On Homecoming and Community
    Apr 19, 2016

    It’s great to be conducting Carousel at HGO. I love the piece; it is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest score and includes one of the great anthems, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

  • Reflections on My First Ring Cycle
    Apr 5, 2016

    It’s great to be back in Houston for Siegfried.  This is my first Ring cycle as Wotan, and it is the realization of a dream for me.

  • Bringing the Prince of Players Design to Life
    Mar 10, 2016

    Finding a way to bring an artistic vision to the stage is a big part of why I do this job. But there is also a point when we need to ask, “How can we create this responsibly, within the operational capacity that we have?”

  • Reflections on HGO's 2016-17 Season
    Feb 19, 2016

    There are very few questions in life that I find uncomfortable, but one is, surely, when I’m asked about a new opera season: “What are you most excited about?” It always feels like someone is asking me, “Which child is your favorite?”