Personal Trivia

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Birthday: July 2, 1957

Residences: Erie, Pennsylvania; Toronto, Ontario

Formal Education: HS Diploma – East Technical High School, Cleveland, OH
Bachelor of Arts – St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN
Master of Music – Indiana Univ., School of Music, Bloomington, IN


Mentors: Uncle Milton; Br. Hugh Henderson, C.PP.S.; Coach John Chavers

Debut on stage: Khan Konchak at Indiana University in Borodin’s Prince Igor

Major role debut: Escamillo in Carmen at Teatro alla Scala


Charitable Involvement: Donating my services for fundraising concerts, to churches and to opera companies

First job: Paper carrier in Cleveland, OH

First voice teacher: Marilyn Holt

Early successes Playing the lead in “The Wiz that Is” in Cleveland as the end production of a work study program devoted to the arts – acting, singing & dancing

Philosophy: Keep praying, keep sharpening your skills and keep “shaking the bushes” and something good is bound to happen…

Likes: Working out, playing chess, studying languages…

Dislikes: Disorganization, stress, little feedback…

Favorite actor/actress: Laurence Oliver / Ingrid Bergman or Maria Callas

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music

Greatest recent non-professional accomplishment: Getting married

Music he listens to: Everything except heavy metal

What he would do if he were not an opera singer: Singing teacher or minister

Favorite food: Sumptuous salads

Favorite drinks: Grapefruit juice, champagne, pomegranate juice, red wine, and carrot juice

Favorite book: The Road Less Travelled

Favorite pastime: Computer chess, table tennis, tennis and working out