Old Man River – NYFOS takeover, day 5

The final day of my week at the NYFOS blog is devoted to one of my all-time favorite artists, Paul Robeson, in his signature song. The original post is here, or continue below.     For the final Song of the Day of my week here at NYFOS, let me introduce you to the reason […]

Pretty Saro – NYFOS takeover, day 4

Here is the fourth day of my week of guest posting chez NYFOS. Read the original here, or continue below. Enjoy!   This song is an old one, even by the standards of classical art song. “Pretty Saro” is a folk ballad first notated in England the early 1700’s, though, as is the way with […]

“You’ll Be Back / What Comes Next” from Hamilton – NYFOS takeover, day 3

It’s Hamilton day again over on the NYFOS blog “No Song is Safe from Us,” where my weeklong takeover continues. Read on below, or see the original post here.     Last week, my dear friend and colleague Miles Mykkanen wrote a beautiful post on this blog [NYFOS.org, not samuellevinetenor.com] about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical Hamilton. Miles wrote very well about […]

There is a Light that Never Goes Out – NYFOS takeover, day 2

The second post in my weeklong on the NYFOS blog, No Song is Safe from Us, has been posted! Today the song is “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” by The Smiths. You can read it below, or see the original post here. Enjoy!   It’s a funny thing to love a song for […]

What Are They Doing in Heaven – NYFOS takeover, day 1

The first of my posts on the NYFOS blog, “No Song is Safe from Us,” has posted today! You can read it below, or view the  original post here.     For Memorial Day, here’s a song about the missing and wondering we do when our loved ones pass away. “What Are They Doing in […]


Here’s a cross-posting of a blog post I wrote for the wonderful blog at the New York Festival of Song. The topic is one of my favorite songs, Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, “Let’s Go Back to G-d,” recorded when Cooke was only 18 years old. Click the link for the original post, or […]

Buzz! Excitement! Press!

There’s no greater thrill as an artist than learning that your work has truly meant something to someone. I had the joy of this experience recently: an old friend, not seen in years, commented on a project I worked on at Wexford Festival Opera, a production of “The Ghosts of Versailles” which won an award […]

The Avant-Garde Alcina

Greetings all! I find myself back in New York City, working on what is without a doubt my weirdest, most avante-garde, most thought-provoking project yet. Along with the young director RB Schlather and the remarkable team he’s put together, I’m taking part in an installation of Handel’s Alcina at the Whitebox Art Center, on Broome St. in Soho.The idea […]

Monteverdi, Judaism, and Connection: Gotham Chamber Opera at the Met Museum

Big day today! Tonight is the first performance of a remarkable double bill of one-act operas, being presented by Gotham Chamber Opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ll be singing in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You, surrounded by […]

Comfort Ye

Today, as the world says goodbye to Nelson Mandela, I found myself in a place where the great man once spoke: the Rothko Chapel, in Houston. There’s nowhere quite like it. Built to be a sacred, “intimate sanctuary” for people of all spiritual colors, it also “a rallying place for all people concerned with peace, […]