Nic Sluss-Rodionov lived for a time in France and spoke French beautifully, so it's no surprise that he sings two of the Don Quichotte Songs of Maurice Ravel will exceptional grace and skill.
It's hard not to feel a special chill when listening to my former student Nic Sluss-Rodionov sing Schubert's "Death and the Maiden." This song is very seldom sung by male singers, but I love how Nic so beautifully embodied both the fear of the maiden in the first half as well as the quiet, soothing
Here is another excerpt from the senior recital of bass-baritone Nic Sluss-Rodionov. He had a deep and rich affinity with the Lieder of Franz Schubert and I especially love the way he sang "Der Wanderer." The text is uttered by someone who finds themselves wandering in a strange land, far from home, surrounded by
I regret that my former student Nic Sluss-Rodionov never had the chance to perform the role of Leporello in a full performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni. He would have been absolutely perfect in the part. Leporello is Don Giovanni's right hand man - and in this so-called Catalog Aria, he is describing to Donna Elvira
This is from the senior voice recital of Nicholas Sluss-Rodionov, a former voice student of mine who was killed in a car accident earlier this year; He was 33 years old. His recital was chock full of difficult music, and he began the program in blazing fashion: with "Why do the nations so furiously rage?"
I am posting this on the last day of September because this month has been Suicide Awareness Month. Over the last twenty-plus years I have done a number of Morning Show interviews on the topic of suicide, but this is the conversation that I think was the most thought-provoking. Susan Wickersham's memoir "The Suicide Index:
I was just on hand for a most exciting singing debut. No, it wasn't in any opera house or concert hall- and it wasn't for hundreds of people. But trust me- it was still a really big deal, and a truly exciting and moving experience. The place: Siebert Chapel The occasion: Morning Chapel
Here is a Morning Show interview from the archives that preserves one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had with the show. Ten years ago, the Metropolitan Opera undertook a project that helped to reshape the way people could experience the beauty and power and passion of Grand Opera- the Metropolitan Opera's High-Definition Simulcasts
Sixty pounds. Over the past eight months, I have managed to lose sixty pounds ...... which, as a friend of mine pointed out to me, is the equivalent of losing a small child. Why did I do it? And how did I do it? WHY: I began this for one reason and one reason alone:
Here is a beautiful song from Lionel Bart's "Oliver" and a performance of it by Caritas- Kate Potter Barrow, Kathy (my wife) and me. I suspect that it had been at least five years since the three of us had last sung this together- and we only managed to rehearse it the night before. Fortunately,