17 episodes

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

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 10 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.

    17: Networking for Musicians

    17: Networking for Musicians

    Nobody makes it all on their own in classical music, which is why networking is one of the most critical, yet under-practiced skills for musicians. For those with who haven't done it before, networking can be awkward and uncomfortable, but with help from our special guest, conductor and excellent networker Conor Whalen, we'll guide you through the world of cold emails, conversations, and follow-ups to help you grow your connections and find new opportunities.Follow Conor:InstagramFollow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle 

    • 42 min
    16: Things We Never Want to Hear from Non-Musicians Ever Again

    16: Things We Never Want to Hear from Non-Musicians Ever Again

    "You should try out for American Idol!""What's your real job?""Isn't Opera dying?"We love our non-musician friends and family, but sometimes the things they say drive us CRAZY. So we took your stories and a couple of our own, and now it's time to come together and have a couple of laughs at some of the funny, genuine, and unbelievably annoying things we've been told more than a few times. Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle

    • 56 min
    15: Dealing With Burnout

    15: Dealing With Burnout

    Pursuing music as a career is high stress and time-consuming work, which means that it's not so much a question of if you'll get burnout as it is when you'll get burnout. Burnout can turn making music from a joyful experience into something you dread, which is why it's so important for us to understand it. Luckily there are some great resources to help us learn what burnout looks like, why it's so common in musicians, and some ways we can deal with and prevent it.Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle

    • 50 min
    14: Issues in Opera: Racism

    14: Issues in Opera: Racism

    Welcome to the first episode in our series: Issues in OperaWe all have a voice in what the future of opera will be. As members of the opera community it is imperative that we start addressing the major issues in modern opera, and no issue is as pressing in this moment as racism. In this episode we break down the Met's formal statement they released earlier this week, talk about who should and should not be taking on certain roles, what these next steps might mean for opera repertoire, and what you as a musician can do now to improve the spaces you already perform in.Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle

    • 54 min
    13: Happy Pride!

    13: Happy Pride!

    Happy Pride!The LGBTQ+ community, and especially the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community, have always been an integral part of the classical music community. Join us as we celebrate some major milestones both historic and modern, introduce you to some musicians, and talk about groups you can support this Pride.Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle

    • 33 min
    12: Crazy Masterclasses and Crazier Teachers

    12: Crazy Masterclasses and Crazier Teachers

    We love our teachers and masterclass guests, but hours locked in a room together working is enough to drive anyone crazy. We've collected some of YOUR best masterclass and teacher stories to share, and boy are some of them absolutely out of this world.From thick tongues to snatched wigs, laugh along as we see just how crazy some teachers can be.Follow Us:InstagramTwitterFacebookHosts:JessieMichelle

    • 42 min

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