For much of my life I enjoyed a successful career as a professional opera singer. I was never famous (not even close), but I worked steadily and made a good living at my craft, performing on opera and concert stages across Canada and abroad.
In 1989, I left full-time singing and began a career in the world of finance and technology, from which I retired in 2013. I spent the final years of my singing life as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, retiring in 2009, thirty-three years after I first started with the company.
Several years ago I began my third career, as a freelance writer and editor. I obtained a Diploma in Publishing from Ryerson University and became certified as a copy editor by Editors Canada.
My first book, a witty, irreverent memoir of my singing years, Dr. Bartolo’s Umbrella and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life (Seraphim Editions) was published in 2017.
I like to put my thoughts into words on my blog page. There, you will find opinions, memories, reviews, and – I hope – some humour.
I lived in Toronto for most of my life until my wife Karen and I relocated to the banks of the Trent River in Campbellford Ontario in June 2017. I often wonder why it took me so long to make the move.
I am also an ultramarathon runner, long-distance cyclist, and seven-time Ironman triathlon finisher. I sometimes write about this pastime as well on my blog page. Archived posts from my old blog, Lyricycle, are available here.
In what is left of my spare time, I record audio books at the CNIB.