23 episodes

Aqua Net & Funyuns is a podcast of five different operas connected by dozens of hidden Easter Eggs. Each episode highlights the cliff-hanger nature of serial narratives by alternating between all five operas in “round-robin” style. The serial episodes tell compelling stories with vocals, instruments and immersive sound design.

Another One Bites
A high school student ditches an anti-drug assembly to smoke pot and hides from a cop in a porta-potty—which becomes a portal to a parallel universe.

Arkana Aquarium
A widowed janitor at an aquarium becomes convinced his wife has been reincarnated. As the newly acquired fish.

Beauty Shot
What starts out as a simple trim turns into a murderous trial of infidelity at a quiet hair salon in Kansas.

Ships That Pass
When Alden discovers that his deceased mother authored queer fanfiction, he reexamines his high school memories and his reluctance to tell her about his own queer identity.

The Understudy
An opera company hires a private eye to go undercover as an understudy to a soprano.

Brought to you by Experiments in Opera.

Aqua Net & Funyuns Experiments in Opera

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Aqua Net & Funyuns is a podcast of five different operas connected by dozens of hidden Easter Eggs. Each episode highlights the cliff-hanger nature of serial narratives by alternating between all five operas in “round-robin” style. The serial episodes tell compelling stories with vocals, instruments and immersive sound design.

Another One Bites
A high school student ditches an anti-drug assembly to smoke pot and hides from a cop in a porta-potty—which becomes a portal to a parallel universe.

Arkana Aquarium
A widowed janitor at an aquarium becomes convinced his wife has been reincarnated. As the newly acquired fish.

Beauty Shot
What starts out as a simple trim turns into a murderous trial of infidelity at a quiet hair salon in Kansas.

Ships That Pass
When Alden discovers that his deceased mother authored queer fanfiction, he reexamines his high school memories and his reluctance to tell her about his own queer identity.

The Understudy
An opera company hires a private eye to go undercover as an understudy to a soprano.

Brought to you by Experiments in Opera.

    Episode 1

    Episode 1

    Aqua Net & Funyuns is a podcast of five different operas connected by dozens of hidden Easter Eggs. Each episode features three stories.

    Donna Pearlbottum, private eye, goes undercover as an understudy to a soprano.
    Alden and his cousin, Janelle, sort through his deceased mother’s possessions and make a surprising discovery.
    Mel ditches an anti-drug assembly to smoke pot.
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    The Understudy, Act 1, music by Kamala Sankaram, story by Jason Cady and Cara Ehlenfeldt
    Ships that Pass, Act 1, music by Aaron Siegel, story by Cara Ehlenfeldt
    Another One Bites, Act 1, music and story by Jason Cady
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    Experiments in Opera is a New York City-based community of artists looking for unconventional ways to bring together stories and music.  For more information about our work and a full list of performers who made Aqua Net & Funyuns, visit experimentsinopera.com.

    • 30 min
    Episode 2

    Episode 2

    Arthur starts a new job as a custodian at an aquarium and hears the voice of his deceased wife.
    Tonya shares gossip with her friends about June leaving her husband Frank.
    Donna Pearlbottum, private eye, is forced to sing in this opera-within-an-opera.
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    Arkana Aquarium, Act 1, music by Michi Wiancko, story by Annie-Sage Whitehurst
    Beauty Shot, Act 1, music by Tariq Al-Sabir, story by Daniel Shepard
    The Understudy, Act 2 music by Kamala Sankaram, story by Jason Cady and Cara Ehlenfeldt
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    Experiments in Opera is a New York City-based community of artists looking for unconventional ways to bring together stories and music.  For more information about our work and a full list of performers who made Aqua Net & Funyuns, visit experimentsinopera.com.

    • 26 min
    Episode 3

    Episode 3

    Janelle reads the Sherlock Holmes fanfiction that Alden’s mother had written.
    Mel discovers that the porta potty she hid in is a portal to a parallel universe.
    Arthur realizes that his deceased wife has reincarnated into the body of a fish.
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    Ships that Pass, Act 2, music by Aaron Siegel, story by Cara Ehlenfeldt
    Another One Bites, Act 2, music and story by Jason Cady
    Arkana Aquarium, Act 2, music by Michi Wiancko, story by Annie-Sage Whitehurst
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    Experiments in Opera is a New York City-based community of artists looking for unconventional ways to bring together stories and music.  For more information about our work and a full list of performers who made Aqua Net & Funyuns, visit experimentsinopera.com.

    • 26 min
    Episode 4

    Episode 4

    June threatens her friends with a gun.
    Janelle helps Alden come to terms with his mother.
    Donna Pearlbottum reveals “who dunnit.”
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    Beauty Shot, Act 2, music by Tariq Al-Sabir, story by Daniel Shepard
    Ships that Pass, Act 3, music by Aaron Siegel, story by Cara Ehlenfeldt
    The Understudy, Act 3 music by Kamala Sankaram, story by Jason Cady and Cara Ehlenfeldt
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    Experiments in Opera is a New York City-based community of artists looking for unconventional ways to bring together stories and music.  For more information about our work and a full list of performers who made Aqua Net & Funyuns, visit experimentsinopera.com.

    • 23 min
    Episode 5

    Episode 5

    This concludes Aqua Net & Funyuns. If you haven’t already, please start with the first episode and listen in order.

    Mel encounters her parents and doppelgänger in a parallel universe.
    June finds out who the other woman is.
    Isabel and Margaret reconcile while Arthur comes to understand Audrey.
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    Another One Bites, Act 3, music and story by Jason Cady
    Beauty Shot, Act 3, music by Tariq Al-Sabir, story by Daniel Shepard
    Arkana Aquarium, Act 3, music by Michi Wiancko, story by Annie-Sage Whitehurst
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    Experiments in Opera is a New York City-based community of artists looking for unconventional ways to bring together stories and music.  For more information about our work and a full list of performers who made Aqua Net & Funyuns, visit experimentsinopera.com.

    • 28 min
    The Understudy, Act I

    The Understudy, Act I

    The Understudy, Act I
    Libretto by Jason Cady and Cara Ehlenfeldt; Music by Kamala Sankaram; Rocky Duval as Pat Dickson; Kamala Sankaram as Donna Pearlbottum; Rachel Doehring as the Impresario; Eric McKeever as Rich; Joshua Jeremiah as Manny; Eliza Bonet as Missy; Brandon Snook as Tony; Dmitry Glivinskiy (pn and md); Jeanann Dara (vla, vln); Jeff Hudgins (rds) ; Drew Fleming (gtr); Pat Swoboda (b) ; Kamala Sankaram, (samples); Cara Ehlenfeldt, (sd) ; Jeff Cook, (mx)

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

D no h ,

Opera as podcast

A great use of the podcast format is this creation of opera as an audio story. The collection of stories and music come together in a great way. The sound design is excellent, the singers are excellent, and it’s fun and entertaining!

Rach Doe ,

Best new genre

I love the combination of styles in this cool series!! The sound design and effects are such a creative compliment to the vocal storytelling. Such a fun listen, and totally engaging. Love being able to listen to opera this way... More podcast operas, please! 🙌

wurlitherapy ,

Nice work, EiO!

I really loved this podcast opera collaboration. I found it so unique (I love the special use of background sounds within some of the scores, in particular) and wonderful. The artistry of everyone involved is impressive. Bravo!

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