How do you get to the conductor's podium? You go through the kitchen. Matthew Abernathy was training to be chef and working as a sous chef when he turned his career around. Abernathy is now the director of Project Opera and loving every minute of it. He can still make a great omelet, but he can also "whip up" an ensemble of young people, inspiring them to opera greatness.
Matthew Abernathy is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans.
Matthew Abernathy's playlist
Fauré: L'hiver a cessé with soprano Anne Sofie von Otter (DG 447 752)
Britten: War Requiem (excerpt from Dies Irae) Simon Rattle conducting City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Chorus with baritone, Thomas Allen
Verdi: Tosca (excerpt) Daniel Oren conducting the Chorus and Orchestra of the Rome Opera with baritone, Ingvar Wixel (RCA 61807)