What's it like to work in the opera industry? Here on the OperaBiz Podcast, we talk with professionals actively working in the opera world, sharing stories, talking shop, and discussing opera in the modern age.
Ana De Archuleta, Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists
Jump into a conversation with Ana De Archuleta, where we discuss approaching managers, making statements in auditions, and the de-stigmatization of the "Slash" (side gig/day job) that is a necessity for young and emerging singers in the industry today.
Special Guest: Ana De Archuleta - Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists.
J. Patrick Raftery - Tenor
J. Patrick Raftery and I sit down for a casual conversation while working together at Taos Opera Institute, June 2019. He shares insights about the ever-changing industry, his transition from baritone to tenor, and anecdotes from his 4 decades in opera.
J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo
J'Nai Bridges sits down for an informal discussion after her first day working at the Met on Akhnaten. We talk modern singer life, the legacy of Jessye Norman, and long-needed changes in the opera industry.
A bit more casual than the usual episode, J'Nai and Daniel hang out outside the Met for a real chat about where she's been, how she got here, and where we're all going.
Special Guest: J'Nai Bridges.
Karen Kamensek, Conductor
Making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, Karen Kamensek sits down to discuss her road to conducting, her collaboration with Philip Glass, and a largely European career. She shares her insights on Glass' music as well as a fresh perspective on life on the podium.
For more info, visit her at www.karenkamensek.com
Special Guest: Karen Kamensek, Conductor.
Frederick Ballentine - Tenor
At the Met this season for Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life, Frederick Ballentine talks about playing the villain, on-stage community, and his advice for young singers.
Special Guest: Frederick Ballentine.
Sidney Outlaw - Baritone
Sidney discusses the life of a modern singer, the joys of teaching, and his journey from seeing his first opera to a life on stage. Recorded March, 2019.
Special Guest: Sidney Outlaw.
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As a high school student, I really appreciate the chance to hear what the biz is actually like from a variety of people! Thanks for such an informative and inspiring podcast! My favorite episode was the recent one with librettist Lila Palmer.
I’m very appreciative of this podcast in its efforts to maintain a check on the pulse of the opera business today. I’m a young professional myself so listening to this podcast is a great way to stay informed on current events in opera, picking brains of various opera singers, and listening to directors of companies to stay informed.
It’s a plus to hear some friends of mine on occasion (Kirsten Chambers, Michael Berg, Sara Noble, to name just a few)! I highly recommend it to anyone in or out of the opera art form.