Cav/Pag 2009: Lyric Opera Chorus

Well, step 2 is complete. I am very happy to announce that I have been contracted for the chorus of the Lyric’s 2008 Cav/Pag production. If you know me well, you understand what a huge deal this is for me.

If you don’t know me, I’l explain.

When I left Yale, I had nothing waiting for me in Chicago. No leads. No contacts. I took the first job offered and I hung (and still hang) my hat in a basement. I auditioned for Chicago Opera Theatre out east and no one was interested. I auditioned annually for Palumbo at Lyric to no avail. I couldn’t afford lessons and coachings were spotty and expensive. No one called from my past with any work. I had my voice, my experience, and a resume.

WIth nothing to lose, I let go and drove on a rainy cold night downtown to audition for the Chicago Symphony Chorus in April of 2006. Bill Chin heard my audition and must have sent my name up. I was called back the next month and auditioned for Duaine Wolfe and Don Horisburger. I sang…take a guess?… Tanzlied. A few weeks later, Mark Rulison called me to confirm I had been asked to join the CSC for the Ravinia season. By the time the fall came around, I was contracted as an Associate Member. I missed only one rehearsal the entire 06-07 season. I auditioned for Lyric and made a call back, but two others were moved up the ladder. It was a good sign, though.

In this past season, I have been promoted to temporary regular status at the CSC, offered solo lines and small chorus assignments, and even covered a small role. The Lyric audition this year with Maestro Nelly seemed different. He recognized me from callbacks. He inquired about my past performances and listened to both of my arias. And now, about a month later, I finally get confirmation that things are paying off.

My wife and sons depend on me. I depend on them. I need to work regularly to provide. My days of doing audition after audition, chasing gig after gig, and always reaching beyond he horizon for the next thing are behind me. As I’ve said, I just want to sing full time and provide for myself and family with my talents. I might know about a lot of different things, but singing is what I do best.

(Rambling…I do tend to ramble on pretty well also.)

One Response to “Cav/Pag 2009: Lyric Opera Chorus”

  1. February 21st, 2008 | 5:02 pm

    I always thought you were the best. But what do I know? I got ears don’t I? That counts for something. (literal and figurative ears). Congrats. I know things will always improve for your singing, if only because of tenacity.