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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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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.

    Minisode: They Performed with Who?!

    Minisode: They Performed with Who?!

    The history of classical music is filled with some pretty crazy collaborations, but what about some of the more modern ones?
    How about a Bel Canto soprano and one of Rock and Roll's most famous front men?
    Or an opera composer an indie singer-songwriter?
    Or one of film's most famous composers re-orchestrating many of his works for a classical violinist?
    Join us as we explore some of classical music's craziest pairings and all the ways music reaches across genres. As a  bonus, we have a little rant at the end on why everyone should love John Williams and why "How do you feel about John Williams?" is a great first date question.
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    • 34 min
    60: Taking a Gap Year

    60: Taking a Gap Year

    Oh, gap years. We love you and love to hate you.
    The world of academia tells us silly myths about gap years like “Taking a gap year means you don’t take your career seriously” or “Taking a gap year is just one step away from quitting music.”
    But is taking a gap year really as career-shattering as it seems?
    NOPE. Not even close.
    Here’s the thing. Sometimes you need to take a break from school. Everything is going to be ok. In fact, things will probably be awesome!
    So whether you’re thinking about taking a gap year, are in the middle of one (uh, hello covid), or are just taking a break from music in general, we’re here to give you the honest pros + cons, and help you come up with a game plan.
    PSA: This episode topic was suggested to us by dear friend of the podcast + listener, Lauren!
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    • 51 min
    59: Ya Like Jazz?

    59: Ya Like Jazz?

    April 30th is International Jazz Day, so today we're celebrating Jazz and all the ways it's contributed to classical music!
    We talk about some of our favorite artists, how being a jazz musician is different from being a classical musician, some wild moments from jazz history, and even a few jazz operas!
    So join us as we celebrate the unique and extraordinary style of Jazz.
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    • 45 min
    58: Breaking the Mold

    58: Breaking the Mold

    Usually when you say the word artist, people picture someone free-spirited and intensely individualistic and for good reason, a lot of great art is based on innovation and freedom from convention. So why do we as classical musicians face such constant pressure to conform to standards that no longer suit us, our industry, or the modern world?
    Today we're talking about being yourself and breaking the "good musician" mold. We tackle some of the biggest myths we all believed, why individuality is so important, and what being yourself really looks like throughout school and your career. So join us as we shake off old expectations and get ready to make the art we really came here to make.
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    • 51 min
    57: Tales of Quarantine Performance

    57: Tales of Quarantine Performance

    From watching operas in pajamas, to practicing in our cars, to virtual audition catastrophes— making music during quarantine is WILD.
    This week we’re reading your quarantine performance stories and you guys DELIVERED. These stories are hilarious, unfortunate, and everything in between! If anything, listen to this episode to hear about the time Jessie split her pants. 
    We also share a major announcement during the episode: our team is expanding! If you’re interested in joining our staff as a Writer, Content Creator, or Audio Editor, you can find more information down below.
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    • 53 min
    56: Taxes for Musicians with Tiffany Soricelli

    56: Taxes for Musicians with Tiffany Soricelli

    It's officially tax season! As musicians we receive tons of training and education, but unfortunately very little of it is usually in personal finance, so along with tax season usually come tons of questions for musicians.
    What should I do during the year to prepare for tax season?
    How do you file income from multiple states?
    What are qualified business expenses?
    Luckily we have some very qualified help to answer your questions and ours. Our guest Tiffany Soricelli of Virtuoso Advising is a licensed financial advisor who serves as the Business and Financial Coach to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and the Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. She has worked with artists at Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, San Francisco Opera and regularly serves as a speaker for OPERA America programs and events.
    With her unique journey from music to the world of finance, Tiffany answers all of our questions and then some, so that we can all go into this tax season a little less stressed and a lot more certain.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 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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