26 episodes

Head behind the scenes into the the world of Victorian Opera. Join conductors, directors, designers and singers as they share stories about bringing an opera to the stage.

The Art of Opera Victorian Opera

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.7, 36 Ratings

Head behind the scenes into the the world of Victorian Opera. Join conductors, directors, designers and singers as they share stories about bringing an opera to the stage.

    The joys of The Barber of Seville

    The joys of The Barber of Seville

    Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville has kept audiences laughing for over 200 years.

    Ahead of Victorian Opera’s season of this madcap masterpiece, company Artistic Director and conductor Richard Mills reflects on Rossini’s love of macaroni and that pesky cat that ruined the opera’s opening night back in 1816.

    • 17 min
    Oscar Wilde’s Giant New Opera

    Oscar Wilde’s Giant New Opera

    28-year-old composer-conductor Simon Bruckard is about to premiere his first opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant. He reflects on the highs and lows of developing an opera, conducting his own music, and what awaits him next.

    • 19 min
    Side by side: Nancye Hayes and Verity Hunt-Ballard

    Side by side: Nancye Hayes and Verity Hunt-Ballard

    Come backstage into Nancye Hayes’ dressing room for a very special podcast recorded with the grand dame of theatre and fellow musical star Verity Hunt-Ballard during the run of Victorian Opera’s acclaimed production of A Little Night Music.

    Hear them reflect on their extraordinary careers, advice for younger performers, and their own special friendship. 

    • 37 min
    Ali McGregor Sends in the Clowns

    Ali McGregor Sends in the Clowns

    Soprano Ali McGregor has enjoyed a brilliantly eclectic career across opera, cabaret, comedy, and circus. She now prepares to ‘Send in the Clowns’ with one of the most iconic roles for women, Desirée Armfeldt, in Victorian Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’.

    • 26 min
    The difference between Opera and Musicals

    The difference between Opera and Musicals

    We’re asking the big question in our latest podcast: what’s the difference between opera and musicals? We’ve invited the experts to share their thoughts and opinions ahead of Victorian Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

    • 23 min
    Opera and Society: Intrigue, Mayhem and Mischief throughout the Ages

    Opera and Society: Intrigue, Mayhem and Mischief throughout the Ages

    In this special podcast, Victorian Opera’s Artistic Director Richard Mills is joined in conversation by guest host Phillip Sametz to discuss the social history of opera, from its early days in Italy through 19th century Paris to the present day.

    Recorded live in Victorian Opera’s Hemstritch Studio at Horti Hall as part of the Richard Mills' Talks Series.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Victor Richmond ,

Huge fan!

I love listening to this podcast! Always very entertaining and full of insights. Thank you! ♥️

Barney Park ,

Brilliant

It opened my eyes to aspects of opera that I have not considered.
Thank you Vic Opera

A. Wheatley ,

Fantastic

Great insight to the wonderful word of opera.

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