This week we talk with Sarah Thompson Johansen! Sarah is a highly skilled soprano and hedgehog lover. We talk modern opera, extended technique, and how to spend your time in the practice room. You can check her out on the upcoming Parma recording of Ross Crean’s The Great God Pan, slated for release July 2017. Enjoy!
This week we have Leigh Folta on the Podcast! Leigh is a killer musician and an incredibly intelligent human being. We talk perfectionism, travel, and our place in this brand new world. Leigh is going to be featured in Chicago Fringe Opera’s Holiday House Party on December 17th at the Berger Park Mansion. Tickets and info at www.chicagofringeopera.com Enjoy!
This week we have Kira Dills-Desurra on the Podcast! We recorded this a few weeks ago so COT’s production of The Fairy Queen has come and gone! Kira was wonderful and continues to do great work in the city. Kira and I talk hustle, young artisting around, and puppetry. Check out her group, Forte, at www.fortechicago.com. Those ladies are doing some cool and interesting work. Enjoy!
This week we have Mezzo-Soprano Emma Sorenson! Emma is currently staring in Chicago Fringe Opera’s Song from the Uproar. You have two more chances to see this show on Nov. 1st and 3rd at the Preston Bradley Center in Uptown. Emma and the cast are killing it and the orchestra is DIVINE!!!! Tickets and information at www.chicagofringeopera.com. Enjoy!
On a very special bonus episode of Doing the Work we talk with Missy Mazzoli! Missy is the composer of Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt and will be joining us here in Chicago for Chicago Fringe Opera’s production which opens on Friday! Missy and I talk building tonal worlds, her band Victoire, the equality of all instruments, and Kendrick Lamar. Enjoy!
Amy Hutchison has been all over the world making art. Amy’s artistic vision led her to Chicago and she hasn’t looked back. We talk artistic vulnerability, emotional narratives, and why Chicago is the best city in the world for theater. Amy is directing Chicago Fringe Opera’s upcoming production of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt opening on October 28th. Visit www.chicagofringeopera.com for tickets and information. Enjoy!
Bernard is an inspiration. As always, he is a pillar of positivity and a beacon of creative thought. Our conversations remind me that being human is perfectly ok, that our flaws make us interesting, and that we should hold onto our plans with a very light grip. This is our second conversation on the podcast and we go even deeper into our fears and our hopes for the future. You can see Bernard in COT’s The Love Potion for one more performance at the Music Box Theater on Oct. 9th. Go do the things!
This week we have Jane Hulburt! Jane is the Manager of Artistic Operations at Chicago Opera Theater and she is a singer’s best friend! Jane and I talk teaching, D’angelo, late night jazz sessions, and how to get re-hired at an opera company. We also talk about COT’s upcoming production of Frank Martin’s The Love Potion that opens on Sept. 30th at The Music Box Theater. For tickets and info go to www.cot.org. Plus, you get to see past DTW guests Cassidy Smith, Patrick Dean Shelton, and Bernard Holcomb! Go get your tickets! Enjoy!
VOiCEtalKs is a new opera podcast hosted by Zack Singerman and it’s the real deal. In-depth talk about the technique of singing and the in and outs of an artistic life. Zack is kind, smart and dedicated to bringing a positive influence to our community. Zack asked me to be a guest on VOiCEtalKs and this episode is the result. Follow his podcast on Facebook and go like and subscribe on ITunes! Enjoy!
This week we have Diana Stoic on the podcast! Diana is a killer soprano, mother, and Romanian folk music enthusiast. Diana is performing in Chicago Fringe Opera’s Season Opening Gala on Sunday, September 25 with Jessie Lyons, Ashley Armstrong, and Michael Mcelvain. Tickets are available at www.chicagofringeopera.com. Diana and I talk DMMO, potty training, and Shakespeare’s heroines. Enjoy!