7 episodes

Imagine finding your voice...in an opera house! On Sing LOUDER, host Jake Heggie talks with great artists about the high wire act of life as an opera singer.

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    • 4.8 • 15 Ratings

Imagine finding your voice...in an opera house! On Sing LOUDER, host Jake Heggie talks with great artists about the high wire act of life as an opera singer.

    Episode 6: Ryan Speedo Green

    Episode 6: Ryan Speedo Green

    Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is a fast-rising opera star with an inspiring story of survival and perseverance. As a child, Speedo spent time living in a trailer park, a bullet-riddled house, and even juvenile detention. In this episode, he shares about some of the people and critical moments that defined his path, as well as the back story to a few of his favorite performances.

    You can find Speedo at ryanspeedogreen.com and @ryanspeedogreen on Facebook.

    • 22 min
    Episode 5: Ana María Martínez

    Episode 5: Ana María Martínez

    Ana María Martínez is one of the world’s foremost sopranos. She regularly stars in beloved operas like Madama Butterfly, Rusalka, and Otello, and performs everywhere from the San Francisco Opera to the White House and the World Cup. In this episode, Ana María shares her journey from musical theater to opera, and the spiritual connection she has to music and her voice.

    You can find Ana María at anamariamartinez.com and @anamariamartinezsoprano on Facebook.

    • 19 min
    Episode 4: Brandon Jovanovich

    Episode 4: Brandon Jovanovich

    Brandon Jovanovich is one of the rarest types of tenor – the heldentenor or “heroic tenor” – and sings some of the most physically and vocally demanding roles in the entire operatic repertoire. In this episode, he shares about his existential journey from bass to powerhouse tenor...and from waiting tables at Metropolitan Opera parties to starring on its stage.

    You can find Brandon at brandonjovanovich.com and @operabrandon on Instagram.

    • 21 min
    Episode 3: J’Nai Bridges

    Episode 3: J’Nai Bridges

    In this episode, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges shares about the basketball game that defined her commitment to singing, and the power she’s found in her voice to wake people up - both on and off the opera stage.

    You can find J’nai at www.jnaibridgesmezzo.com and @jnaibmezzo on Instagram.

    • 20 min
    Episode 2: Catching Up With Sasha Cooke

    Episode 2: Catching Up With Sasha Cooke

    In this episode, we check back in with two-time Grammy award-winning singer Sasha Cooke to see how she’s doing, and what advice she has for other COVID-confined singers.

    You can find Sasha at www.sashacooke.com and @sashamezzomama on Instagram.

    • 8 min
    Episode 1: Sasha Cooke

    Episode 1: Sasha Cooke

    In this episode, two-time Grammy award-winning singer Sasha Cooke shares how she went from hiding her voice, and herself, to shining brightly on the great stages and opera halls of the world. She reveals the process behind a few of her most memorable performances...including how she overcame every singer’s worst nightmare in front of an audience of thousands.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

KTO 61 ,

So hoping there will be more seasons!

In each episode you get such a wonderful glimpse into the lives of these singers and the lessons we can all learn from their journeys. I love the way each are so amazed and delighted by Jake’s question about their relationship with their voice as though it were a separate person. I also loved hearing them sing scales and warmup exercises. It’s such an integral part of every singer’s life - it feels like an intimate peek…

Thanks for Season 1! Please make more 🙏🏻

beeroken ,

The Maestro demystifies the Masters

How can someone like Jake Heggie, with such a phenomenal creative gift, world class talent and immortal body of work - make talking to world class opera singers seem like a conversation you could jump in on if it happened across the table from you at a Denny’s? The answer is that his true super power is his giant generous heart. I believe that like attracts like. In a genre so often maligned for its pretense, “Sing Louder” demystifies the mystique meant to separate the artists from the “common folk” and reminds us all that the creative spirit, the courage to follow your calling and persevere despite obstacles you face and to collaborate joyfully, is a valuable treasure whether you’re a classical musician or an off tune Whistler. As a classical singer, creative, and normal human being; I’m just so glad to have discovered this podcast!

NPR runner ,

So insightful!

Congratulations on this marvelous podcast! Jake’s approach, unsurprisingly, is so personal and insightful. He’s a natural for this genre!

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