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This Artistic Life
74 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Episode 36: AUDITIONS IN THE MODERN AGE - Lee Anne Myslewski, VP Wolf Trap Opera
Lee Anne sits down for a realistic discussion about rolling with Covid protocol punches and 21st-century trends in opera auditions. She's heard over 10,000 auditions and she offer great insight to all those making a first impression, even in digital auditions. From self-producing to saving auditions that go awry, this is a must-listen for young artists!Special Guest: Lee Anne Myslewski.
60 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Episode 35: CREATING A SOCIAL PLATFORM: Jennie Moser, CEO Stagetime
From the opera stage to a creative studio to a brand new social platform, Jennie Moser (CEO Stagetime) is a creative who not only sees the gaps in her industry, but develops solutions of epic proportions. We talk about what digital presence an artist really needs, the challenges and successes behind developing a social platform for the performing arts, and the idea of being a multifaceted creative. This episode is a must for professional performing artists, and people considering their first tech startup or the development of a new social media platform.Special Guest: Jennie Moser.
43 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Episode 34: LIVE MUSIC GOES DIGITAL (SORT OF) - Daniel Bennett, Jazz Musician & Composer
Making waves during the pandemic protocols by playing live shows outdoors in NYC, recording his 9th studio album, and collaborating regularly, Daniel Bennett makes "all the world a stage." We talk about positivity, the fusion of digital culture and live music, and his advice to the next generation of musicians. https://danielbennett.net/pressSpecial Guest: Daniel Bennett.
36 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
Episode 33: INSPIRATION & STYLE - Jeffrey Hargrave, Painter / Artist
Jeffrey Hargrave, a painter and visual artist in NYC sits down for a conversation about inspiration, creating a personal style, and the business of professional art. Special Guest: Jeffrey Hargrave.
51 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Episode 32: SUCCESS & MOTIVATION - Richard Carsey, Broadway Conductor
Richard Carsey, Broadway Conductor, talks about his journey to the Broadway podium, career highlights, tour challenges, and working on one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera. We touch a bit on the present state of the Broadway industry, here in this first episode of 2021. Self-motivation, self-care, and sliding scales of "success" during these difficult times for all cultural workers.Special Guest: Richard Carsey.
56 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Episode 31: CREATING A REALITY - Anne Dyas, Actor
Anne Dyas, actor and long-standing staff performer/supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera talks about auditioning in the Big Apple, and life on the stage in the Metropolitan Opera in a non-singing role. As a Super at the Met, she has acted in countless roles, helping to create the world in which the operas live. She shares her stories as part of one of the largest artistic institutions in the US. You'll never look at supers and background actors the same way again.Special Guest: Anne Dyas, Actor.
50 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Episode 30: CREATIVE PROCESS - Mara Lieberman, Executive Artistic Director / Director
With most of New York City's performing arts in shutdown, Mara Lieberman created a socially-distanced, outdoor, immersive production - Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec (run extended through Jan 10, 2021 - https://www.unmakinglautrecplay.com/voyeur) We talk about producing during a pandemic and the creative process of working not just outside the box, but outside the theatre itself. How the neighborhood shaped the show, mapping the literal locations, aspects of audience participation, and breathing life into puppets for an impactful effect. Peek behind the curtain of Voyeur, and take a glimpse inside the head of this unique Creative.Special Guest: Mara Lieberman.
59 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Episode 29: OPERA THEN & NOW - Ira Siff, MetOpera Broadcast Commentator
Ira Siff has worn many hats in the opera industry since the 1960s. We chat through them all, a juxtaposition between mid-late 20th century opera and the present day, as well as his advice for emerging artists. Tales and memories abound.Special Guest: Ira Siff.
49 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Episode 28: Ana De Archuleta, Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists
Jump into a conversation with Ana De Archuleta, where we discuss approaching managers, making statements in auditions, and the de-stigmatization of the "Slash" (side gig/day job) that is a necessity for young and emerging singers in the industry today. Special Guest: Ana De Archuleta - Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists.
58 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
Episode 27: J. Patrick Raftery - Tenor
J. Patrick Raftery and I sit down for a casual conversation while working together at Taos Opera Institute, June 2019. He shares insights about the ever-changing industry, his transition from baritone to tenor, and anecdotes from his 4 decades in opera.
58 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Episode 26: J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo
<p>J'Nai Bridges sits down for an informal discussion after her first day working at the Met on Akhnaten. We talk modern singer life, the legacy of Jessye Norman, and long-needed changes in the opera industry.</p> A bit more casual than the usual episode, J'Nai and Daniel hang out outside the Met for a real chat about where she's been, how she got here, and where we're all going.Special Guest: J'Nai Bridges.
54 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Episode 25: Karen Kamensek, Conductor
<p>Making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, Karen Kamensek sits down to discuss her road to conducting, her collaboration with Philip Glass, and a largely European career. She shares her insights on Glass' music as well as a fresh perspective on life on the podium.</p> For more info, visit her at www.karenkamensek.comSpecial Guest: Karen Kamensek, Conductor.
36 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Episode 24: Frederick Ballentine - Tenor
<p>At the Met this season for Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life, Frederick Ballentine talks about playing the villain, on-stage community, and his advice for young singers.</p><p>Special Guest: Frederick Ballentine.</p>
58 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Episode 23: Sidney Outlaw - Baritone
<p>Sidney discusses the life of a modern singer, the joys of teaching, and his journey from seeing his first opera to a life on stage. Recorded March, 2019.</p><p>Special Guest: Sidney Outlaw.</p>
49 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Episode 22: Andrew Ousley - PR
<p>Kicking off Season 2 of the OperaBiz podcast: PR guru Andrew Ousley joins the conversation for an informative talk about the state of social media for singers, what a PR firm actually does in classical music, and where he thinks this corner of the industry is going.</p> From analytics to trends to what gets you noticed, Andrew has some great insight for singers at any level of their profession.Special Guest: Andrew Ousley.
62 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
Episode 21: Zachary James
<p>From MT to opera, off to Broadway and TV, and now back on the opera stage again, Zachary James brings a unique and fresh perspective on the opera industry.</p><p>Special Guest: Zachary James.</p>
44 minutes | May 27, 2019
Episode 20: Susanna Phillips
<p>Susanna Phillips, soprano, known to most MetOpera fans as Musetta in <em>La Bohème</em> (11 consecutive seasons). We talk about the process of preparing a role, favorite roles, and when it's time to retire a role and move on to others.</p><p>Special Guest: Susanna Phillips.</p>
57 minutes | May 12, 2019
Episode 19: Peter Szep: NY Opera Alliance / NY OperaFest
<p>Peter Szep comes on to talk about what's happening in the NYC opera scene, chat about new works and premiers during NY OperaFest 2019, and the great collaboration of opera.</p><p>Special Guest: Peter Szep.</p>
79 minutes | Apr 29, 2019
Episode 18: Lila Palmer, Librettist
<p>Lila Palmer, librettist, comes on to discuss the side of the industry many people take for granted: the text. From creating new works, to collaborative efforts, to crafting a story, Lila brings a unique perspective to the world of opera.</p><p>Special Guest: Lila Palmer.</p>
63 minutes | Apr 15, 2019
Episode 17: Timothy Myers, Conductor
<p>Conductor Timothy Myers (Santa Fe, HGO, Washington National Opera, MNOp, et al.) sits down to discuss working on world premiers, the collaborative effort of opera, and taking the road less traveled to a career. Recorded at Minnesota Opera, one day before the world premier of The Fix.</p><p>Special Guest: Timothy Myers.</p>
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