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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.

Opera Offstage Opera Offstage

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    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

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.

    88: Art & Politics

    88: Art & Politics

    Art and politics have always been intertwined, but these past few years have opened up the conversation about what exactly that means for performers and theaters. It is not simply about political art onstage but also about the political affiliations and ideologies that artists hold offstage. This has led some to question where the line between art and politics lies and what exactly do artists owe the communities that support them. In today's episode we open up that discussion and and explore recent news as well what it really means to separate the two.

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    • 25 min
    86: Imposter Syndrome

    86: Imposter Syndrome

    Every musician has at some point dealt with Imposter syndrome. In a subjective field with intense scrutiny, how could you not??? So today we're diving into exactly what causes musicians to be so susceptible to it and how we can reclaim our sense of purpose in our field.

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    • 43 min
    85: Toys, Taxis, and Animal Instruments

    85: Toys, Taxis, and Animal Instruments

    Classical Music has always been a little crazy, but there are some pretty strange moments that get left out of even the most detailed music history books, and that's what we're jumping into today. You sent in your weird stories and we picked a few of our own to share how truly wild music history can be.


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    • 35 min
    84: Valentine’s Day: The Boyfriend Episode

    84: Valentine’s Day: The Boyfriend Episode

    Today we're bringing in our most loveable guests yet: our Boyfriends!


    We talk all about how Jessie found a boyfriend via the podcast, what really is the difference between a Daddy and a Zaddy, and which instrument has wronged most of our audience.


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    • 45 min
    83: Offstage Chat: John Brancy

    83: Offstage Chat: John Brancy

    We are very excited to have John Brancy on the podcast! 
     
    Grammy Award-Winning Baritone John Brancy‘s intense musicality and communicative power place him among the finest of baritones of his generation. Brancy skillfully switches between leading opera roles, and award-winning art song interpretation. In an article of Opera News, legendary baritone Gerald Finely says, “I look at John Brancy, a young artist who’s got his teeth in it, who loves the challenge of art song."
     
    In the episode we do a round of rapid-fire questions like, "What is your favorite food before an audition?" and "If you could be a different voice part, what would you want to be?"
     
    We deep dive into what it's like to transition from student to working artist, the importance of taking your cover roles seriously, and what it feels like to attend the Grammys!
     
    SoCal residents, you can catch John Brancy in San Diego Opera's upcoming production of Così fan tutte February 12th, 15th, 18th, and 20th!
     
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    • 55 min
    82: Vocal Myths

    82: Vocal Myths

    Does Milk Thicken Mucus?


    Will Caffeine Dry You Out?


    Is Vaping Safe For Vocalists?


    Join us as we dive into all the many faceted myths, lies, and half-truths that we've all heard more than once around the practice rooms!


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

DrBaritone ,

Great show!!!

Opera singers would benefit immensely listening to this show!

M A Shr ,

Fun and informative

Michelle and Jessie have such a great rapport. There is so much joy that they both bring to the podcast. I love getting all of their insights in the musical academia and professional operatic arenas. As singers, there is an emphasis on singers’ experiences, but they bring everyone who likes opera into the conversation. And one of the best signs of an awesome podcast, I always feel more inspired to be an active participant in the opera world after every episode. Keep up the great work!

Wheeyeon ,

You like music and cool people?!

This podcast series has been so fun to listen to!!

I’m not an Opera singer nor am I an aspiring musician by any means, but I still don’t feel excluded in any way!

I love how down to earth they are and It feels like I’m just sitting there with them while they chat about their lives and experiences while I’m sipping a glass of wine or something just nodding along.

Incredibly honest and insightful, and greatly entertaining.

They do a great job in letting us see their world vividly through their eyes and I can’t wait to hear what else they talk about next!!

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