This week we have Soprano Allison Nicholas on the podcast! Allison and I share a mutual love for all things stationary and productivity, so we talk about organizing your life using a Passion Planner and how to keep your mind right while still being ridiculously busy. I also share another teaser from The Great God Pan which is available now! Enjoy!
This week we have Yuri Lysoivanov on the podcast! Yuri is the the chair of the Recording Arts Department Tribeca Flashpoint College here in Chicago. In addition to his recording work, Yuri is also a composer and pianist. We talk about immigrating to the U.S., Third Coast Baroque, Russian music teachers, and being forever unsatisfied with all our artistic endeavors. Enjoy!
This week we have your favorite Chicago artists from the Navona Records recording of The Great God Pan by Ross Crean! We take a moment to catch up with Ross Crean, Sarah Thompson Johansen, Andrew Fisher, and Vince Wallace. We talk all about the recording process, what we’ve been up to since December, and our mutual love of Taco Bell. Great God Pan is available starting on Aug. 11th wherever fine albums are sold on the internet! Pick one up today! Enjoy!
This week we have Lauren Auge on the podcast! Lauren is a fantastic Mezzo who has a wonderfully unique perspective on #artlyfe and how to develop a satisfying career in the arts. Lauren and I talk work/life balance, chorus work, and powerlifting! Enjoy!
This week we have a very special guest episode! George Cederquist and I sit down to record an episode of Opera Box Score where we chat about the International Opera Awards, everything you need to know about summer festivals, and Jonas Kaufmann! Enjoy the episode and we’ll be back with your regularly scheduled interviews next week! Enjoy!
Jared’s back! And in his over-all shorts, no less! Jared and I talk about The Grant Park Music Festival’s Project Inclusion, The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Chorus, and how our brains contextualize music. We also spend way too much time brain-storming how to start a business making romp-hims for Jared to wear. Shout-outs to Ashley Little’s Material Concepts and Paul Nicholson! Enjoy!
This week we have Jacquelyn Stucker on the podcast! Jacquelyn is a fantastic soprano who just finished her DMA at the New England Conservatory, is spending her summer at Santa Fe Opera, and will be moving the London in the fall to join the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House. Intimidated yet? Don’t be! Jacquelyn is so kind and funny and we had a blast chatting about translation, conflict stomach, and falling in love with music over and over again! Enjoy!
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This week we have Justin Werner on the podcast! Justin is one of the co-founders of Couret & Werner Artist Management and the founder of New York Opera Exchange. He and I sit down to talk about transitioning from singer to artist manager, artist specialization, and the role of management in making the art world a better place. Justin is kind and eloquent and I had a blast talking with him. Enjoy!
This week we have Ashley Kay Armstrong on the Podcast! Ashley currently stars in Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lucrezia at the Chopin Theater. You have two more chances to see Ashley kill it in this show: May 11th and 13th. Use offer code JOIN@50 for $20 tickets to the May 11th performance. Ashley and I talk about opera characters, yoga, and the realities of the patriarchy. Enjoy!
This week we have Matt Peckham on the podcast! In addition to being a talented and hard-working singer, Matt is a founder of the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium, a community of musicians and educators that exists to create a supportive community and subsidize continuing education for Chicago singing artists. Matt and I talk about CVAC’s life-philosophy and up-coming projects as well as music education, the new revolution in opera, the musical middle class, and Pokemon GO! Enjoy!