This week we have conductor Alex Enyart on the podcast! Alex is a recent transplant to Chicago by way of Kentucky and, along with friend-of-the-show Claire DiVizio, is one of the powerhouses behind Thompson Street Opera Company. In addition to her work at Thompson Street, Alex is conducting the Chicago premiere of Mark Campbell, Laura Kaminsky, and Kimberly Reed’s opera, As One, with Chicago Fringe Opera on Nov. 16 17 18 & 19 at The Center on Halsted. Tickets and more info at www.chicagofringeopera.com
We’re back! I’m so sorry for the long absence but I couldn’t let episode 100 go by without doing something special! I won’t be taking another break without telling you and I’m excited for some new developments for DTW and building a new community of listeners. This week Ross Crean joins me to celebrate what DTW means to us and to our listeners. I hope you enjoy this fun conversation!
This week we have Tobias Wright on the podcast to help celebrate the album release of The Great God Pan! Toby has been busy traveling all over the country singing his heart out and making all the art and we’re very lucky that he took the time to Skype in from Hiawatha, Kansas. We talk premieres, dogs, and how to stay healthy and sane in our modern political climate. Shoutouts to Sara Stock and Jacquelyn Stucker! Enjoy!
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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