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!
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!