100 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

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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.

    103: Summer 2.0

    103: Summer 2.0

    Summer is quickly flying by which means its time to get together and figure out how to make the most of it! Today we're talking about how to set effective goals, find opportunity at home, and have a summer that is as fulfilling as it is relaxing.
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    Hosts:
    Jessie
    Michelle

    • 21 min
    102: July News Round Up

    102: July News Round Up

    The world of classical music is many things but it is certainly never dull! We have several delightful, frustrating, and bizarrely funny bits of news to dive into today so join us as we dive in as well as share some exciting news for the Opera Offstage family!
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    • 39 min
    101: Happy Pride!

    101: Happy Pride!

    What do a famous jazz composer, a west coast ultramodernist percussionist, and a British film composer and arranger have in common? They're here, they're queer, and they're the musicians we're highlighting this Pride month. We're continuing our favorite tradition of sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ musicians you should (or maybe don't even realize you already do) know.
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    • 34 min
    The 100th Episode

    The 100th Episode

    The 100th Episode of Opera Offstage has finally arrived! Join us as we celebrate three years of fantastic community, unhinged instagram comments, crazy mistakes, and lessons learned. 
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    • 56 min
    99: What Does It Mean to be an Artist?

    99: What Does It Mean to be an Artist?

    We spend a lot of time talking about all the various business and practical parts of being a musician, but what does it really mean to be an artist? How does someone transition from the technical focus of school into the much more ambiguous realm of artistry?
    Today we discuss what we believe it means to be an artist and how we can retrain the artistic muscles that make us strong and competent creators.
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    • 49 min
    98: February News Roundup

    98: February News Roundup

    February flew by, which means it's time to take a second to cover some of the crazy news that came with it, and MAN do we have things to talk about. We've got some surprising season announcements, another (unsurprising) YAP problem, a frightening Broadway update, and Michelle's personal conductor heartbreak. Join us as we unpack a very eventful month in the world of music.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

mouseybublik ,

My comfort podcast

Thank u Jessie and Michelle for making this podcast! I love the casual chitchat mixed with practical info, and I’ve learned a lot from ur episodes. Your honest advice and experience is really helpful :)

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!

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