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 |  Steven Blier

Vocal Rising Stars at Caramoor, fifth season, days seven and eight: out-of-town debut, in-town dress. Two halls, two pianos. It’s the night before the New York show and I do not want to jinx things. Suffice it to say that we had a beautiful performance yesterday, and that the audience at Caramoor who came to […]




 |  Steven Blier

Vocal Rising Stars at Caramoor, fifth season, day six: reassuring dress rehearsal. Final Lock and Load, tray tables up. We had an amazingly good dress rehearsal today, and I couldn’t be happier with the program or the singers. I even had one of my first above-average days at the piano, which was a huge relief. […]




 |  Steven Blier

Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars, Day Five: Resilience and Breakthroughs. A faux-blizzard only makes it all the more Scandinavian. It was the third day Michael and I couldn’t get to Caramoor for our morning session, this time because of a very wet snowstorm that made driving conditions somewhere between irritating and dangerous. We waited till 11:45 […]




 |  Steven Blier

Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars, Day Four: Mecca slowing coming into view, on a road strewn with umlauts Today the singers showed us the staging they did for the encore after Mikey and I left last night. I won’t divulge what piece we’re doing because I want it to be a surprise. But they came up with […]




 |  Steven Blier

Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars, fifth season, day three: hard work and patience We had a great afternoon session and managed to delve deep into every single song in the program. It felt a little weird not having a native speaker in the room for the Scando stuff (the bulk of the concert), but that didn’t […]




 |  Steven Blier

Vocal Rising Stars at Caramoor, fifth season, day two: buckling down  Today was our second (and last) with John Lidal, and we went through the whole show with all hands on deck. Of the five languages on the program, English and German are familiar and non-threatening; but navigating the intricacies of Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian […]




 |  Steven Blier

Vocal Rising Stars at Caramoor, fifth season, day one: RELIEF I work very hard in advance of our annual week-long residency at Caramoor to get everything just right. I need a sweet-tempered, housebroken quartet who also happen to be great singers; a worthy program; inspiring guest teachers. It’s good if I also get a chance […]




 |  Steven Blier

I did a little math this morning and realized that I am celebrating the fortieth anniversary of my professional debut this week. It’s a saga, of course. When I got out of college I was 20 years old and living with my parents, trying to figure out what my next move would be. Yale had […]




 |  Steven Blier

I had two experiences with opera last week, and in different ways they both involved water. The first was the new Met production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, which struck me as the soggiest performance of that work I’d ever seen. It was hard to diagnose what put the dampers on this damp show. There were […]




 |  Steven Blier

This past summer was not a cornucopia of bliss. Yes, I connected with a lot of extraordinary people over my break from school, and enjoyed my annual fill of local corn, tomatoes, and outdoor chlorine. But I was grappling with what I can only describe as an existential dilemma, a foggy point in my path. […]