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The stage is dark, but the conversation is just beginning. Welcome to Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Ghost Light podcast, a behind the curtain look into the world of classical music and opera and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson. Produced and edited by Robert Bedont.

The Ghost Light Podcast (Utah Symphony | Utah Opera‪)‬ Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

The stage is dark, but the conversation is just beginning. Welcome to Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Ghost Light podcast, a behind the curtain look into the world of classical music and opera and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson. Produced and edited by Robert Bedont.

    Special Edition - Opera Prelude for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"

    Special Edition - Opera Prelude for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"

    A Pirate King and “Modern Major-General” are just the beginning of the farcical fun in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. From patter songs to anecdotes about Savoy operas and the premiere of this cult classic, the Ghost Light Podcasts co-hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts give you what you need to know about the upcoming Utah Opera production.

    • 29 min
    Episode 6.08 - Opera Deep Dive

    Episode 6.08 - Opera Deep Dive

    What do British baking shows and opera have in common? Find out in the latest episode of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Ghost Light Podcast.

    • 33 min
    Episode 6.07 - Nuance Over Noise

    Episode 6.07 - Nuance Over Noise

    Co-hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts sit down after the first rehearsal of Utah Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Tosca” with two of the principal artists. Soprano Katie Van Kooten, who is performing the role of Floria Tosca for the first time, and Stephen Powell who has played Scarpia on a number of occasions. Hear these artists discuss what goes into the preparation involved with learning a new role or keeping a familiar role fresh.
    The two artists also have ideas for what story they’d like to see set as an opera. Find out what they are in the newest episode of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Ghost Light Podcast.

    • 27 min
    Special Edition – Opera Prelude for Puccini’s “Tosca”

    Special Edition – Opera Prelude for Puccini’s “Tosca”

    Utah Opera invites you to witness one of opera’s most intense dramas.
    She’s a singer, he’s a painter and they’re both trying to avoid the cops.
    Fiery young diva Floria Tosca is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her freedom-fighting lover and a corrupt police chief whose lust for her dominates his faith.
    The story’s heart-stopping conclusion lands tragically under the Roman skyline. The leap is LEGEND.
    The Ghost Light Podcast co-hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson give you a behind the scenes look into Utah Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Tosca.”

    • 27 min
    Episode 6.05 - Arlene Sierra - So Now People Are Listening

    Episode 6.05 - Arlene Sierra - So Now People Are Listening

    Composer Arlene Sierra recently sat down with the Ghost Light Podcast to discuss her residency with the symphony upcoming artist in residency with the Utah Symphony in April 2022.
    Arlene discusses her roots in electronic music and the journey back to composing acoustical music. Arlene studied electronic music composition at Oberlin, and found that the electronic music classes fascinating for her composition sensitivities. But although she loved the experience she looked forward to opportunities to get back in collaboration with live musicians.
    In April, Arlene will spend a few weeks in Utah working with the Utah Symphony in an American debut of Nature Symphony and a world premiere of Bird Symphony, a piece the Utah Symphony commissioned. She will also work with the Utah Youth Symphony in preparing a paired down version of Nature Symphony.
    Arlene was also asked about her perspective, as an American composer living and working abroad, about the representation shift in both living and female composers.
    You may know that Arlene and her husband are both composers. What’s their secret to keeping their personal and professional lives in balance? Find out on Episode 6 of the Ghost Light Podcast.

    • 34 min
    Episode 6.04 – John Holiday – If I could do it again, I would

    Episode 6.04 – John Holiday – If I could do it again, I would

    Co-hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts sit down with John Holiday prior to his Utah Opera debut in his signature role in Jonathan Dove and April de Angelis’ Flight.
    Many, not familiar with the opera world will know John Holiday from season 19 of NBC’s The Voice. John is one of the most sought-after countertenors (a cis-male that sings in a mezzo-soprano range) in the opera scene.
    John shares anecdotes about his career as an artist and educator in a pandemic world.
    One of the gems of the discussion was around John’s TEDx talk, “The Monsters Under My Bed,” that focuses on family dynamics and how you can find your worth, despite the situation. You can find that talk here: https://www.johnholiday.com/media#
    Does John have a story that he would like to see set as an opera? Find out in this amazing conversation with John Holiday.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

BJ Bedont ,

Favorite classical music podcast

Jeff and Carol have excellent chemistry as co -hosts, and their guests always provide interesting, topical, and entertaining conversation.
My favorite is when they ask opera guests to tell what topic/character they want to see as a new opera!

GingerSnap49 ,

Great podcast

This is great for classical enthusiasts such as myself! Thank you!

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