This week we chat with Claire DiVizio from Thompson Street Opera! Claire is a great singer and innovative administrator who recently moved her opera company here to Chicago. We talk championing modern music, relocating for work, and why Detroit is still a killer city for art. Come see Thompson Street’s production of Philip Thompson’s The Final Battle for Love at The Raven Theater next weekend! Performances run January 19th-22nd. I’m in it and it’s about Wrestling! Enjoy!
We start the New Year off right with more jolly co-operation! This week’s episode is an interview I did with George Cederquist and three of the founding ladies of New York’s Bare Opera for Zack Singerman’s podcast VOiCEtalks! Zack is a great friend of our show and is out there on the front lines Doing the Work like all of us. Follow his podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud and check out the Ladies at www.bareopera.org! And as always, share, like, and subscribe to DTW on all of our social media outlets! Enjoy!
It’s almost a New Year! 2016 has been… interesting. George Cederquist of Opera Box Score and I sit down to chat all things opera in 2016 in this collaborative episode of DTW/OBS! We also get a bit introspective as to our own careers and think up predictions for a new world of opera in 2017. If you don’t know George and his work, check out his podcast at www.operaboxscore.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Happy New Year!
This week I’m re-releasing episode #51 with Jon Clements in honor of the life and death of Weston Noble. I had the honor of singing with Dr. Noble in an All-State Choir back in High School and he had a profound musical impact on me even then. Jon and his wife Barbara sang under Dr. Noble for many seasons at Luther College and Jon recounts many of the things that made him so special in this interview recorded earlier this year. Requiescat in pace.
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!