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A new podcast interviewing stars of the opera world, brought to you by Sophie Kidwell and Indyana Schneider

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A new podcast interviewing stars of the opera world, brought to you by Sophie Kidwell and Indyana Schneider

    Sir Thomas Allen, Part 2

    Sir Thomas Allen, Part 2

    Hello! Welcome back to Diva Download, a podcast interviewing stars of the opera world. Today, Sophie and Indyana continue their interview with British baritone Sir Thomas Allen. They discuss how he kept roles from becoming stale, the soundtrack to his quarantine, his thoughts on what the future holds for classical music in the UK, and, as usual, 10 fun Quick-Fire Questions.

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    • 26 min
    Sir Thomas Allen, Part 1

    Sir Thomas Allen, Part 1

    Welcome back to Diva Download, a podcast interviewing stars of the opera world. For our fourth interview, Sophie and Indyana are joined by the venerated British baritone Sir Thomas Allen. In part 1, Sir Tom confirms rumours that he was indeed the inspiration for Billy Elliot, and tells of his North East England origins. He shares his thoughts on the change of the opera scene and classical music within Britain over the course of his life, roles that affected him personally, and much more!

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    • 25 min
    Nuccia Focile, Part 2

    Nuccia Focile, Part 2

    Welcome back to Diva Download, a new podcast interviewing stars of the opera world. Indyana and Sophie are thrilled to release part 2 of our interview with the brilliant Nuccia Focile.

    Nuccia shares her experiences singing with Pavarotti, what it’s like to be on stage alone singing a one-woman opera, the hardest thing she’s ever done on stage (not what you’d expect!), advice for young singers, and much, much more. As always, the interview concludes with a series of 10 quick-fire questions.

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    • 38 min
    Nuccia Focile, Part 1

    Nuccia Focile, Part 1

    Welcome back to Diva Download, a new podcast interviewing stars of the opera world. For our third interview, Sophie and Indyana are joined by the brilliant Nuccia Focile. In part 1, Nuccia shares stories of 20-minute applauses with Luciano Pavarotti, her Metropolitan Opera debut at a few hours notice, how she discovered opera singing and why she fell in love with it.

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    • 30 min
    Lauren Fagan

    Lauren Fagan

    Welcome to the third episode of Diva Download, a new podcast interviewing stars of the opera world. Today, Sophie and Indyana are joined by the fabulous Australian Soprano, Lauren Fagan. Our discussions range from socially-distanced rehearsals in Bergen to drinking pints on stage with Sir Bryn Terfel, punctuated with a bunch of useful advice for young singers and sensational stories for opera fans.

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    • 35 min
    Roderick Williams OBE, Part 2

    Roderick Williams OBE, Part 2

    Welcome back to the second episode of Diva Download, a new podcast interviewing stars of the opera world. Today, Sophie and Indyana continue their chat with the charming British baritone, Roderick Williams OBE.

    In part 2, we discuss the extraordinary experiences of playing sadists, murderers and seducers on the stage, 'diva-like' behaviour, preparing huge song cycles and 10 fun Quick-Fire Questions.

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    To get in touch, email divadownload@hotmail.com

    • 26 min

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