I've had the extreme joy of knowing bass-baritone Brandon Mayberry for several years now, thanks to the ensemble at the Metropolitan Opera, where I get to perform in some of their larger operas, and where he sings full time. He's what I would consider the poster child for this show. Someone who brightens every room, co-owns the highly successful Swirlz Cupcakes in Chicago, has traveled the world, and tangibly contributes to the lives of those around him.
In this episode, he talks about his leap of faith into opera, managing stress in a busy life, how compassion and charity permeates so much of what he does, his trip around the world, and the serendipity surrounding his kidney donation to his husband's mother, Riki. He has so much gratitude and goodness to share, and I hope you enjoy our Episode 06 as much as I enjoyed speaking with Brandon.