My once-student and now international star tenor Brenden made a big debut this last weekend as the tenor in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.
He first heard this piece in a concert that we attended in Chicago over a decade ago. He now points to that concert as the first time he truly considered singing as a career.
One of the reviews from Germany this week: “So you might discover a voice once in a hundred years.” Said the local Hamburg paper: “A sensational tenor! The young American combines heroic rays with lyrical warmth and made the soul’s journey to the afterlife to a moving experience.”
I’m incredibly proud, of course. As I said to him last week, I’m just glad I got to be some small part of where he is now.
Here’s a post about a portion of my visit to Brenden in Innsbruck in 2008.