January 18, 2018

Let’s face it: there’s only one Mary Poppins. She’s practically perfect in every way, but I’m far from it. As a performer I boast a litany of weaknesses large and small. Coaches, teachers, critics, conductors and colleagues have regularly pointed out the areas where I...

January 6, 2017

A few singers have told me they can’t afford to consistently study with a coach or teacher. As a freelance artist struggling to make a living in NYC, I fully realize that the struggle is real. But if I’m pursuing a singing career and say that I can’t afford lessons,...

November 26, 2016

            This year’s election shocked me, and the echo chamber of social media was perhaps the biggest source of my surprise. Shielding myself from dissenting opinions online could be an innocent habit, but hearing opposing voices could’ve spurred me to more focused...

September 5, 2016

      This year I’ve become obsessed with politics, and I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the election cycle and opera audition season.  Of course not every aspect of government applies to the mileu of music, but we can learn from political paralells:...

June 6, 2016

My day of triumph had finally arrived! I made my NYC debut in a world premiere, and luckily the NY Times gave me a favorable review.  Instantly I joined the ranks of bona fide professional opera singers, and my career was now set for success (or so I naively thought)....

April 15, 2016

           Before I ever knew about hit tunes such as “vissi d’arte” and “una furtiva lagrima,” I grew up listening to (and singing along with) songs like “Defying gravity” and “Oh what a beautiful morning.”  I didn’t discover opera until I was an adult, and Broadway m...

January 13, 2016

I can sincerely relate to Joan Rivers right now. In the brilliant documentary, "A Piece of Work," Joan's assistant asks her a question about future dates in her calendar. She sarcastically replies, "Wait a second. First I need to put on my sunglasses.  All these blank...

December 30, 2015

 The following is a transcript of a conversation I had with Joyce DiDonato after her beautiful performance in Great Scott.


            (Joyce D): Is it true?  Is this going to happen? 

            JB (me): Yes, I th...

October 5, 2015



 It’s that time again!  We’re all either constantly combing through yaptracker or relentlessly pestering our managers for appointments this Fall.  If you’re like me, you’re always searching for new ways to make things easier during this season replete with the necess...

July 3, 2015

Sometimes singing is just like flying.  When I’m in the zone during a performance, I feel like I’m soaring emotionally and vocally.  But just like the fabled Icarus, we all can sometimes fall.


The truth is that sometimes mistakes happen.  It could be a missed lyri...

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