Category Archives: Doing the Work Podcast

Episode #90: Doing the Work with Ashley Kay Armstrong

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!

Episode #89: Doing the Work with Mark Campbell

This week we have Mark Campbell on the Podcast! Mark is one of the most successful and prolific librettists of our time and he sits down to TALK WITH US! We talk about so many of his operas: “As one,” “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” “The Summer King,” “Silent Night,” “The Shining,” and many more! With 6 premieres this year, Mark is incredibly busy, which makes his time with me all the more special! We talk mentorship, connecting with characters, and the importance of collaboration! Enjoy!

Episode #88: Doing the Work with Matthew Peckham

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!

Episode #86: Doing the Work with Bernard Holcomb and Cecilia Violetta Lopez

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!

Episode #84: Doing the Work with Dennis Kalup and Aaron Wardell

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 Plus! Dave Govertsen drops by to say hello! Enjoy!

Episode #83: Doing the Work with Bethany Brautigam

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!

Episode #83: Doing the Work with Claire DiVizio

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!

Episode #82: VOiCEtalks with Fringe and Bare

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! And as always, share, like, and subscribe to DTW on all of our social media outlets! Enjoy!

Episode #81: Doing The Work Year In Review 2016

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 and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Happy New Year!