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Guys, Everything Will Be Okay. It's just a pandemic that has closed the entire performing arts industry. Cancelled gigs & online opera are apparently the new normal, and singers just can't help speaking moistly.

Jenna Simeonov, creator of Schmopera and host of The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast, is checking in with out-of-work artists.

https://schmopera.com/

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Guys, Everything Will Be Okay. It's just a pandemic that has closed the entire performing arts industry. Cancelled gigs & online opera are apparently the new normal, and singers just can't help speaking moistly.

Jenna Simeonov, creator of Schmopera and host of The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast, is checking in with out-of-work artists.

https://schmopera.com/

    Asitha Tennekoon: The Grand Finale

    Asitha Tennekoon: The Grand Finale

    Great singer, provocative writer, man with great ideas: host Jenna Simeonov closes the first season of the podcast by chatting with the very awesome Asitha Tennekoon. Read his stuff, & join the revolution:

    http://www.wandelprobe.com/blog/

    https://schmopera.com/

    Original artwork by @danikalorenart.

    Original music by @natedouglasband.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Valhalla Media: I Want To See Fifteen Chins

    Valhalla Media: I Want To See Fifteen Chins

    On this episode: online opera! Jenna kind of hates it. But she hates it less after talking with the fab folks behind Valhalla Media, Alexandra Lo Bianco and Nikolas Wenzel. They're taking 2020's lemons and turning it into lemonade, complete with great livestreamed concerts and weeping in an empty Studebaker Theater.



    https://www.valhallamedia.live/

    https://schmopera.com/

    Original artwork by @danikalorenart.

    Original music by @natedouglasband.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Anne Midgette: Art Is Not the Institutions

    Anne Midgette: Art Is Not the Institutions

    A big-topic chat with Anne Midgette, folks! For this episode, host Jenna Simeonov chats with the writer and critic with one of the most influential voices in today's music journalism. A little COVID closures, a little #metoo, a little opera racism... did I mention big topics?

    Oh, and please forgive the audio on Jenna's end. The conversation was too good to sacrifice to technology goblins.

    Original music by @natedouglasband.

    Original artwork by @danikalorenart.

    https://schmopera.com/ 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Rihab Chaieb: Spices and Knives and Hives

    Rihab Chaieb: Spices and Knives and Hives

    Tunisian-born, Montréalaise mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb is one of those hustlers of the opera industry. That is, until it all hit the pause button. Jenna chats with Rihab - they're friends IRL, by the way - about apartment shopping in a pandemic, the cancelled gigs that hurt the most, and how her outbreak of Strauss-induced hives paved the way for Jenna's writing career.

    Original music by @natedouglasband

    Original artwork by @danikalorenart

    https://schmopera.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Beth Morrison Projects: I Don't See the Death Knell For Opera

    Beth Morrison Projects: I Don't See the Death Knell For Opera

    In a special episode of the pod, host Jenna Simeonov chats with two women of the thrilling production company, Beth Morrison Projects. Executive Director Jecca Barry and President/Creative Producer Beth Morrison talk about what it means to produce riveting, relevant opera - global health crisis or not. During the first chaotic weeks of the pandemic, BMP was a leader in producing online content, offering up video of some of their most acclaimed productions, as well as some innovative-as-hell original content. So, why aren't all opera companies doing the same thing? Let's discuss.

    Original music by @natedouglasband.

    Original artwork by @danikalorenart.

    https://www.bethmorrisonprojects.org/

    https://schmopera.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bryan Register: I Was Gonna Be A Greeter At Walmart But I'm Too Mean

    Bryan Register: I Was Gonna Be A Greeter At Walmart But I'm Too Mean

    Bryan Register is a between-gigs American Heldentenor, currently stressed out by the fact that he's in Myrtle Beach, SC, and the beaches are open. Jenna has a reunion of sorts in this chat, remembering the last time she spoke with Bryan, in his utterly fabulous flat in North London, back in the simpler, pre-Brexit, pre-Trump times. Bryan chats about getting kicked out of the Czech Republic, Wagner's love potions, and *actual* puppy love.

    Original music by @natedouglasband.

    Original artwork by @danikalorenart.

    https://schmopera.com/

    • 1 hr 7 min

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