20 episodes

What if we fail? What if we succeed? What if we keep imagining? These and other questions guide us through the ups and downs of a new initiative called Opera for All Voices. Join us as we explore the commission and creation of new operas and their connection to our industry, our communities, and our future. http://www.santafeopera.org

Key Change The Santa Fe Opera, Opera for All Voices

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What if we fail? What if we succeed? What if we keep imagining? These and other questions guide us through the ups and downs of a new initiative called Opera for All Voices. Join us as we explore the commission and creation of new operas and their connection to our industry, our communities, and our future. http://www.santafeopera.org

    0209: America Is Impossible Without Us: Revisiting Hometown to the World

    0209: America Is Impossible Without Us: Revisiting Hometown to the World

    "There's a multi-layered contract from creator to interpreter to audience, and everybody has to actively participate to make a work come to life." ~Laura Kaminsky, composer of Hometown to the World
    One of the hallmarks of the Opera for All Voices commissioning process is workshopping the new operas with a team of dedicated artists and a live audience to see what's working and and what needs work. 
    In this stage of the development of Hometown to the World (previously known in season 1, episode 6 as Postville), Andrea traveled to San Francisco Opera for a workshop with composer Laura Kaminsky and librettist Kimberly Reed. 
    OFAV partners Kip Cranna and Ruth Nott joined the conversation with insights into story, structure, music, and what it means to be American, regardless of where you're from.
    Hometown to the World will premiere in San Francisco, CA in the fall of 2020.
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    If you are new to Key Change, season 1, episode 6 is a first introduction to Hometown to the World.
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    Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
    Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
    Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
    Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
    Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello.
    Cover art by David Tousley
    Special music licensing from PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal.
    Special thanks to Uwe Willenbacher, sound engineer at San Francisco Opera for recording this interview session.
    OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.
    This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.  
    To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org

    • 29 min
    0208: Gender is Not Genre: women in opera

    0208: Gender is Not Genre: women in opera

    "Relationships are infrastructure." ~Andrea Fellows Walters
    Of the 100 busiest conductors in classical music only for are female. A list of the 150 composers whose work is most often performed includes only one woman, and women comprise approximately 35% of soloists in opera. Of the 10 productions on the list of the most performed operas in 2017-2018, three are comedies and of the seven dramas, six end with a dead female protagonist. Women's bodies underwrite a staggering proportion of the action in the operatic canon.
    These numbers are taken from a recent panel called Times Up Opera, hosted by the Santa Fe Opera.
    In this episode, Andrea and Brandon explore the issues of representation, intersectionality, and content as relates to women in opera. They look at the importance of finding mentors, forming alliances with peers, and paying it forward.
     
    Special thanks to our guests:
    Chelsea Dennis, production stage manager
    Anh Le, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
    Madalyn Mentor, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
    Susanne Sheston, conductor & chorus master
    Nicole Weigelt, artistic services manager
    Mo Zhou, stage director
     
    And the Times Up Opera panelists:
    Julia Bullock, singer
    Chelsea Dennis
    Jennifer Rhodes, seminar presenter
    Mo Zhou
     
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    Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
    Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
    Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
    Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
    Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello
    Cover art by David Tousley
    Special music licensing from PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal
    OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.
    This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

    To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org
     
     

    • 32 min
    0207: Mother of a Movement: This Little Light of Mine inspired by the life of Fannie Lou Hamer

    0207: Mother of a Movement: This Little Light of Mine inspired by the life of Fannie Lou Hamer

    "There is no distinction between art and life. Art is the way we express life and life is the way we express art. " ~Diana Solomon-Glover, librettist
    Fannie Lou Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate and powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movement. She became a leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunities for African-Americans.
    Brandon talks with composer Chandler Carter and librettist Diana Solomon-Glover about translating the truth of Fannie Lou Hamer's life into opera. 
    "If we can attach ourselves to her story, hear her voice, and kind of vicariously feel what she was feeling, I think we make a connection -- or at least of the possibility of a connection." ~Chandler Carter, composer
    This Little Light of Mine is slated to premiere in Fall of 2021.
    Special music in this episode provided with permission by Chandler Carter.
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    Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
    Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
    Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
    Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
    Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello.
    Cover art by David Tousley
    Music curated by Brandon Neal with licensing from PodcastMusic.com
    Special thanks to The Relic Room for recording this session in New York.
    OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.
    This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.  
    To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org

    • 35 min
    0206: The Universe is Made of Stories: A conversation with Peter Sellars

    0206: The Universe is Made of Stories: A conversation with Peter Sellars

    "Every single thing in the world is made of stories, and the story creates the moral energy of the universe where the question of right and wrong you learned from a story. 
    And in this period, particularly when we're living in a world so polarized and people are so extreme and so vicious in their reaction to stuff, you can't tell anyone anything. But you CAN tell them a story."
    ~Peter Sellars
    Andrea and Brandon had a rare opportunity to sit with stage director, librettist, professor Peter Sellars when he was in Santa Fe for the 2018 production of Doctor Atomic.
    This conversation looks deeply at the responsibility and opportunity of operatic storytelling to bring diverse communities with opposing points of view together, to talk publicly about things that cannot easily be discussed, and to shed light on the beauty of things we often miss.
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    Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
    Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
    Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
    Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
    Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello
    Cover art by David Tousley
    Special music licensing from PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal
    OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.
    This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

    To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org

    • 28 min
    0205: The Audacity of Storytelling: bringing us from another to each other

    0205: The Audacity of Storytelling: bringing us from another to each other

    "The more we get to know one another through our stories, the closer we come together as a community, as a nation, as a world... and as you start to dissect many operas, you're really telling the story of the delicacy and strength of the human condition." ~Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez
    We invited some of our favorite storytellers to talk to us about the role of story in opera. They each share their unique perspectives on the big question: Why are we even bothering to tell stories?
    Not only that, but also how do we choose the stories we tell; what challenges do we face with diversifying the storytelling landscape; how do we better represent, attract, and reflect broader audiences; and what are the risks of creating new works in opera of creating new works?
    In this episode, we are honored to feature interviews with:
     
    Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Storyteller, Historian, CEO and President at Creative Strategies 360°
    Paige Hernandez, Performer, Director, Choreographer, Playwright, and Teaching Artist
    Carolyn Kuan, Conductor, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
    Jim Robinson, Artistic Director, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
    Cori Ellison, Dramaturg for the Santa Fe Opera and Opera for All Voices
    Judy Chicago, Visual Artist, Author, Educator
    Donald Woodman, Photographer
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    Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
    Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
    Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
    Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
    Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello
    Cover art by David Tousley
    Special thanks to Shannon Harris for recording our sessions in Chicago
    Special music licensing from PodcastMusic.com, curated by Brandon Neal
    OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.
    This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

    To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org

    • 32 min
    0204: Hope Is the Thing With Feathers: a first look at The Pigeon Keeper

    0204: Hope Is the Thing With Feathers: a first look at The Pigeon Keeper

    "Opera is like one of the transporting art forms... transporting you to these hidden secrets places like in yourself that are otherwise inaccessible." ~David Hanlon, composer
    Andrea takes a deep dive into the creative process behind creating a new opera with composer David Hanlon and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. Fresh from the New York libretto reading for their Opera for All Voices commission, The Pigeon Keeper, they were ready to talk fables, families, and refugees. 
    A libretto reading is a rare opportunity early in the process of a new work to focus in on the story being told and see how it, according to Stephanie, "breathes and moves" in order to provide the structure of the music. Their hope is to create an opera that is truly transporting for a contemporary audience, that will still resonate 50+ years from now.
    The Pigeon Keeper is slated to premiere in Spring of 2021.
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    Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.
    Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios
    Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal
    Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe
    Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello.
    Cover art by David Tousley
    Music curated by Brandon Neal with licensing from PodcastMusic.com
    Special thanks to Sheri Barclay for recording this session in New York.
    OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.
    This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.  
    To learn more about Opera for all voices, visit us at SantaFeOpera.org

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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not your grandfather's opera

Interesting concept, good content. Excited to hear how this initiative will broaden opera's appeal and performance in non-traditional spaces featuring much-needed alternative stories.

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