One of the things that has been the most fun and rewarding for me as a singer, has been choosing to re-create my career in Europe and succeeding against the odds. I find joy in challenging peoples’ ideas of how things should be done and I believe that my integrity as a performer and my commitment to not only singing well, but to portraying a three-dimensional and interesting character, delivers the goods: that audiences see themselves in the music and the characters and can’t help but be moved and transported.
Laca Klemeň in Jenůfa
I made my debut as Laca Klemeň in Jenůfa with the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz-Zittau in 2014. It’s a role that’s very special to me not just because of the wonderful music Janáček writes for him, but because Laca’s passionate and enduring love for Jenůfa rises above all convention and the petty minded attitudes of those in the small, close-minded community around him. I’d love you to come and see me in Görlitz and hear my further performances of this great role on April 29th, May 2nd and May 28th, 2016. Photo: Marlies Kross
Ulenspiegel in Ulenspiegel
Theater Gera/Altenburg re-launched the opera Ulenspiegel by Walter Braunfels in 2011 after 98 years. I had the great pleasure of re-creating the title role, a character with an intense joy and love of life and a commitment to showing others that this is possible for them, all during the dreadful Spanish Inquisition and occupation in Gent. Braunfels’ dramatic and beautiful melodies make for a powerful and memorable opera that deserves to be performed more often. It received national and international acclaim in 2011 as well as national radio broadcasts and a video recording. Photo above and below: Stephan Walzl
Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men
Carlisle Floyd’s version of the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men came to Theater Hof in 2009 as Von Mäusen und Menschen. Lennie Small is a wonderful character to portray because of the juxtaposition between his authenticity and childlike innocence on one hand and his anger and his over-powering physical strength on the other. Carlisle Floyd did justice to this American classic when he set it to music.