Musicological Research, Dramaturgy
With considerable academic writing experience and musical training, I hold to high standards of academic rigor and am also able to tell compelling stories with the historical information I uncover. To use a crude phrase "I know where the bodies are buried" in terms of sources of information. I also possess a considerable library/archive of unique sources that I am able to use in furtherance of my research projects.
I specialize in Italian opera and French opera of the 19th century, with special emphasis on less well-known contemporaries of Verdi, such as Saverio Mercadante, Achille Peri, Alessandro Nini, the Ricci brothers, Fromethal Halevy, and Daniel François Auber. I am recognized as a valuable resource about the works of Giovanni Pacini in particular and am frequently consulted about Pacini's life and operas.
I offer a variety of services including:
In-depth historical research for program or liner notes
Assistance with preparation of engravings (using Sibelius Ultimate) from public domain manuscripts or published scores
Translation of Italian opera libretti and creation of surtitles
Artistic Programming/Artistic Direction
I will use my broad and deep knowledge of vocal music and opera to craft engaging, varied thematic recitals or unique, transformative operatic seasons that emphasize both new and forgotten repertoire. I can also work with individual singers to vary their recital repertoire with unknown pieces that will fit their unique voices.