October 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

JACOPERA wants to send warm wishes of gratitude to all of the music educators out there!  Without the patience, tenacity, dedication, and support we’ve all received from our teachers, mentors, and professors none of us would be the artists we are today.  It takes a special person to be an educator, and with the title comes a lifelong dedication to art and its importance in society.  We encourage everyone to take the time today and reach out to an educator that helped shape the person and artist you have become.

“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education. ”    

Yo-Yo Ma

Photo Cred: Bruce Zinger, Opera Atelier


Classical Singer

Wish me luck!  Today is a day for my humidifier, lots of water, vocal rest, and a mental review of my music and characterization, since tomorrow is the Classical Singer Competition at New York University!  This is the competition that was cancelled during Winter Storm Jonas in January.  I’m excited and feel ready, I have a new aria on my repertoire list: Addio, del passato from La Traviata, and I’m thrilled that I can finally offer it in competitions and auditions!  I’ll update after the competition tomorrow, but until then, I’m trying to soak up all of the positive energy of the day.

Also, I need to remember not to look at tomorrow’s event as a competition, but as a performance.  I am a performer and an artist, not a competitor, and the panel of judges is my audience.


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Cocktails & Collaborations

Yesterday, Christina and I met up with accomplished composer and colleague of ours, Iván Enrique Rodríguez.  JACOPERA met Iván this past winter at a Hello Stage networking holiday event on the Upper East Side.  Hello Stage, founded by Bernhard Kerres, is the next big thing in classical music social media, and aims to connect classical musicians, ensembles, managers, promoters, and their fans.  Looks like this is just another Hello Stage success story!

Christina, Iván, and I met at a dim lit little bar called The Winslow in the East Village to discuss very big plans.  For our Milan debut in July, we will be premiering and commissioning a piece by Iván that will be written for three voices, piano, and violin with text by Julia de Burgos.  We discussed our musical interests, our interpretations of what it means to be an artist, as well as technical things like range, tessitura, and recital programming.  We had a splendid time catching up and are all extremely excited to work together and be part of a new musical creation.  When discussing our musical ideologies Iván left us with a sensitive and inspiring quote.  “Art should be personal, art should be human, and art should be sincere.”  I believe Christina and I responded with both a “YASSSS” and an “Amen.” Be on the lookout for more to come from our collaboration and while you’re at it take a look at Iván’s website: http://www.ivanrodriguezmusic.com/home

Interested in joining Hello Stage?  You can sign up here: https://www.hellostage.com/ and don’t forget to add us!