Opera Offstage explores the grey area between music school and a professional career. We’re here to discuss those important skills and topics that leave you wondering, “Wait, how the heck did I not learn about this earlier?” From audition season and recitals to fitness and finances, join us as we talk, joke, and complain about everything it takes to be a classical musician in a modern world.
37: Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!Today we talk about all the things that we're grateful for in this crazy year musically and also personally, and we read some of your submissions from our instagram. We also finally talk about Jonas Kaufmann's rendition of "All I Want for Christmas is You", which is the true gift of this season. So join as we give thanks and celebrate all the little good things that made this year possible!Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle
36: Offstage Chat: Tracy Cox
Today we’re honored to interview the incredible Tracy Cox!Hailed by LA Weekly as a “force of nature,” soprano and Fat Politics activist Tracy Cox is a performer and artist whose talent has been recognized by those in the highest echelons of the industry, garnering her a Sullivan Foundation Award, the Birgit Nilsson Prize at Operalia and the Kirsten Flagstad Award from the George London Foundation.She has been interviewed by the New York Times on fat politics and restaurant accessibility, and currently has over 14,000 followers on Instagram (@sparklejams) where she regularly unpacks fat performance, fashion, and politics.In today’s episode we continue our exploration of combating fatphobia in classical music, promoting fat liberation to the world at large, and ways to push back against the typical fatphobia of the holidays & quarantine. Follow Tracey:InstagramWebsiteFollow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle
35:The Great Libretto Debate
Classical musicians are expected to maintain a fairly well stocked personal music library in order to be prepared to perform much of the standar repertoire. For young musicians and music students, the expense of sheet music, scores, anthologies, and librettos quickly adds up and becomes a force of exclusion in classical music. Which has lead to the creation and sharing of online drives filled with scanned sheet music, some of which is Public Domain and others which are still under copyright.This has lead to a serious debate within music circles on the ethics of these drives. Classical music has a serious classism issue, so isn't it our job to make music more accessible? Do these drives hurt musicians in the publishing industry like composers, musicologists, and arrangers? How do we fight bad publishing practices without hurting the preservation of music?While there is no easy answer, today we take you through the Great Libretto Debate, so join us as we discuss the arguments and options and come up with a few solutions of our own.Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle
The Minisode: Overrated Characters in Opera
It's a pretty stressful week in the world, so we wanted to keep things short and silly on the podcast today. So we're sharing on of our Minisodes which is normally only available through our Patreon!Today we're talking all about overrated characters in opera. We explore which characters are bland, unlikeable, or just outright simps. We have some pretty strong opinions about which characters don't necessary live up to the hype and even an opera or two that get way more stage time than we'll ever understand. So join us as we roast some of our favorite and least favorite characters!Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle
34: Murder, Black Magic, and Missing Heads
Over the centuries, classical composers and musicians have created some of the most complex and beautiful works ever written.But behind the history of classical music lie tales of gruesome murders, suicides, black magic, and stolen heads.In the Halloween spirit, indulge in some of music history's most haunting tales and decide for yourself whether they're fact or fiction. Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle
33: So They Asked for a Monologue
Nothing throws off your audition prep more than when you see a monologue requirement in the listing for a Young Artist Program.Luckily there are lots of handy tips and tricks that can turn this intimidating task into a valuable asset, all while avoiding the common mistakes that often lead to poor performances. Today we cover how to find, choose, and prepare your monologue so that you're ready for the audition season no matter what it throws at you. Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle