No Strings Attached

I’ve been remiss at keeping this updated, but I’m headed to Philly shortly for another concert with Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra. This one will be a first for me in several ways.

For one, I’ve never been a participant in a puppet opera before.

Secondly, it will be the first time I’ve sung the role of Testo (the narrator) in Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. In fact, the role is often sung by tenors. However, the written notes span roughly from middle C to a baritone high G, so it still fits nicely within my range. It will require some stamina, though. The piece lasts about 20 minutes, and I sing for most of that time.

It will be nice to be back in Philly, where I really began my career. (I grew up across the river in Cherry Hill.) It will be especially nice to stay again in South Philly by the Italian market! It’s changed a lot from what I remember in my teenage years, but I eagerly await the great Chinese food that is now in the neighborhood, and I’ll still look forward to clogging my arteries with some Tastyklairs.

Performances are March 7, 8, and 9 at the Plays and Players Theater on Delancy. See website (above) for more details. Come hear me spit out Italian at 100 miles an hour! The concert also features Aaron Sheehan as Tancredi and Marguerite Krull as Clorinda.

Also worth noting that I’ll be singing Bach Cantatas 182 and 31 with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem the following weekend. People come from all over the country to see these performances, so it’s definitely worth a trip if you’re nearby. Other soloists include Laurie Heimes, Leslie Johnson and Stephen Ng.