Began his opera career at age 12, singing the role of the newsboy in Charpentier's Louise. Known for being an operatic tenor who often played comprimario (second-banana) roles. Debuted at New York City's Metropolitan Opera in 1982, where he went on to appear in more than 800 performances; and support such stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jessye Norman. Retired from performing opera in 2007. Teaches opera at the New Jersey City University. Selected for Boardwalk Empire, his first non-opera acting gig, by executive producer Martin Scorsese, whom he first met after a production of Janacek's The Makropulos Case.