This week we have composer Philip Thompson on the podcast! Philip and I sat down a few months back to chat about his opera The Final Battle for Love and it’s Chicago premiere with Thompson Street Opera. Philip and I talk about Mahler, writing for voice, and playing guitar for Jesus. Enjoy!
This week we have Bernard Holcomb and Cecilia Violetta Lopez! These two just starred in Loft Opera’s production of Rossini’s Otello and it was a smash hit! Devotees of the podcast will remember Bernard, and on his recommendation, I sat down with Cecilia. She’s so great! We talk Music Ed degrees, Forgetting Words, and Beverly Sills on Sesame Street. Enjoy!
This week we have Kirsten Scott on the podcast! Kirsten is a fantastic mezzo and the Artistic Director of New York’s Bare Opera. We sit down to talk about indie opera, crossover technique, and rattlesnakes! We also talk about Bare Opera’s new production of The Magic Flute that opens on June 1st. Tickets and info at www.bareopera.org. Enjoy!
This week we have Dennis Kalup and Aaron Wardell! Devotees of the podcast will remember Aaron from EPISODE #9!!!! Back when we were babies… Aaron and I sit down with Dennis to talk Auditioning, Failure, and taking bets on how many times we’ll get interrupted while recording! The three of us are currently making art in Gilbert and Sullivan Chicago’s production of Iolanthe which opens on March 10th at Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago Campus. Tickets and Info at www.gilbertandsullivanoperacompany.org Plus! Dave Govertsen drops by to say hello! Enjoy!
We’re back! With new intro music and Bethany Brautigam! Bethany, I’m sorry it took so long to post this. You’re wonderful. Bethany and I chat music, personal training, and the world under our new governmental regime. Bethany is so charming, smart, and productive! Follow her on FB and Insta for a deeper look into her work, her ideology, and dating mis-adventures! Enjoy!
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!