I will start by again saying, “Thank You,” to everyone who was able to attend my recital. We had a wonderful audience of about 130 people from all areas of my life: Minnesota Opera personnel, Tempo members, Surdyk’s co-workers and shoppers, choir members from St. Olaf Catholic Church, plus friends, family, and beyond; even people who I had never met before who came because they saw the postcards and posters. Steve Mittelholtz and the opera shop crew provided a great stage, Lara Bolton played wonderfully, and Reid Kruger of Waterbury Music captured some fantastic audio and video recordings. (Keep an eye out for clips of the recital on my website and social media soon.) The room was filled with such eagerness and excitement, and I am so pleased with everything about the event!        

So, after all that work, what now? Thankfully, I am far from done. For starters, I am going to repeat the recital on the East Coast in Hopewell, New Jersey, at Off-Broadstreet Theater on December 7th. My in-laws, who are great supporters of my work, will be a part of the audience along with other friends and colleagues. I am planning to include a bit more jazz and musical theater in this program, but it will still retain most of the repertoire I sang on the 21st. Soon after that, I will be a soloist for a performance of The Messiah with the Minnesota Chorale at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, December 14th. Finally, I have two upcoming Christmas concerts with the Rochester Aria Group in both Rochester, Minnesota (12/20) and St. Paul (12/21). Busy times! 

Busy, yet satisfying. I am very proud of the work I have done these past few months, and I am so happy to have created these challenges for myself. It has shown me another level of performing that I enjoy, and, after many great responses, instilled in me a desire to keep creating my own regular performances. I have always wanted to be able to perform regularly; to be able to share my abilities and challenge myself on a consistent basis. However, I always looked to others to create those opportunities for me. Now that I have provided that type of opportunity for myself, I find it fascinating that I relied solely on others for so long. I am sincerely grateful for all of the opportunities provided to me. This experience, though, has made me realize that the opportunities that I seek are also within my own ability to create.

I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events!

Sunday, December 7th, 7pm
Rodolfo Nieto in Recital: An Evening of Love Songs
Off-Broadstreet Theater
5 S. Greenwood Ave.,
Hopewell, NJ 08525

Sunday, December 14th, 6:30pm
The Messiah, a sing-a-long performance
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Saturday, December 20th, 7:30pm
Classic Christmas with the Rochester Aria Group
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1727 Walden Ln. SW 
Rochester, MN 55902

Sunday, December 21st, 4pm
Classic Christmas with the Rochester Aria Group
First Presbyterian Church
535 20th Ave. N.
South St. Paul, MN 55075