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Opera does not just happen with the big guys, the future of opera is happening now in small opera companies with independent producers. Named one of the “The Must-Listen Podcasts for Opera and Classical Music Fans” by Playbill, one of Opera Wire’s “5 Opera Podcasts You Should Be Listening To”, one of the top classical music podcasts by ARTaxMusic.com, and brianwise.com, the Indie Opera Podcast is the place to go to for news about where opera is headed. We focus on companies that are creating new operas and who are presenting the classics in new ways for wider audiences, no matter how big or small.

The Indie Opera Podcast Peter Szep, Brooke Larimer, Walker Lewis, Chuck Sachs

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.7, 21 Ratings

Opera does not just happen with the big guys, the future of opera is happening now in small opera companies with independent producers. Named one of the “The Must-Listen Podcasts for Opera and Classical Music Fans” by Playbill, one of Opera Wire’s “5 Opera Podcasts You Should Be Listening To”, one of the top classical music podcasts by ARTaxMusic.com, and brianwise.com, the Indie Opera Podcast is the place to go to for news about where opera is headed. We focus on companies that are creating new operas and who are presenting the classics in new ways for wider audiences, no matter how big or small.

    Podcast 074: Opera Memphis, Ned Canty and Michael Sakir

    Podcast 074: Opera Memphis, Ned Canty and Michael Sakir

    What is an opera companie's civic responsibility especially in this period of pandemic shutdown? What skill sets should they have been cultivating to be an engaged and engaging 21st Century arts organization?

    We learn about the programming that led them to a unique and moving collaboration with the U.S. Army Field Band & Chorus on the opera The Falling and The Rising. Opera is alive and kicking up a storm in Memphis, grab your earphones, plug in and hear all about it on your favorite app, or watch on Youtube.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Podcast 073: Sarah Fraser and Gregory Moomjy

    Podcast 073: Sarah Fraser and Gregory Moomjy

    The classical live performance world is three weeks into the complete shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. How are opera companies treating their contracted artists? How much more prepared are the new generation of artists in working the business of making art? What are those artists doing to stay present with their fans? What companies are increasing their online presence with live streams of their productions?

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Podcast 072: Arnold Livingston Geis and Chabrelle Williams

    Podcast 072: Arnold Livingston Geis and Chabrelle Williams

    Arnold Geis is a Los Angeles based tenor and performer for Film, Television, video games, and opera companies around the world and Soprano Chabrelle Williams who is an an avid arts advocate, and three-time District winner of the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Our guests were both performing at the Lincoln Center Theater in Lynn Nottage and Rocky Ian Gordon’s opera, Intimate Apparel, as Mr. Mark’s and alternating as the lead role of Esther, in a production directed by Bartlett Sher, which has been suspended because of the Covid-19 outbreak. this episode is also available on youtube - https://youtu.be/MN5WiKcIhTw

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Podcast 071: Matt Gray and Mila Henry from The American Opera Project

    Podcast 071: Matt Gray and Mila Henry from The American Opera Project

    Our guests from Brooklyn-based creative producing company The American Opera Project assumed leadership of this thirty-year old company in July 2019. In addition to curating AOP’s season and overall output, they also provide theatrical and musical dramaturgy to AOP works in development, AOP’s Collaboration with the NYU Opera Lab and the family and schooling that shaped their lives and careers as creative artists.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Podcast 070: IDEA Opera Grants and Laura Lee Everett

    Podcast 070: IDEA Opera Grants and Laura Lee Everett

    We listen to selections from "Hu Tong", Kui Dong Composer, Monika Datta Librettist; and "The Veil", Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei, Composer (دانیال رضا سبزقبایی), Yashar Saghai and Mina Salehpour, Co-Librettist.We also question how white opera is, the influence of Flamenco on opera, the Prototype Festival and more.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Podcast 069: Ricky Ian Gordon and Jennifer Zetlan in Ellen West

    Podcast 069: Ricky Ian Gordon and Jennifer Zetlan in Ellen West

    We sit down for an invigorating discussion with composer Ricky Ian Gordon & soprano Jennifer Zetlan about the chamber opera Ellen West which is receiving it’s NYC premiere as part of Prototype Festival 2020. Jennifer talks about her solo debut album with Ricky, Your Clear Eye and Ricky about their upcoming production of his next opera premiere, Intimate Apparel with Lynn Nottage for a 10 week run at Lincoln Center Theater.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

blalocjo ,

Brilliant

I always look forward to each an every episode. They’re informative, entertaining and sincere. They talk about relevant trends in opera, and they always have interesting guests. BRAVI tutti! Keep up the excellent content!

Aaron Lipke ,

Re: accept offer to set review to counter tenor and small ensemble

I finished to The Indie Opera Party Episode 59 with Nico Mubly and accept his offer to a bad review set to counter tenor and small ensemble. I love your talking together mess and believe you to have auspicious futures. I enjoy and so should you, friends. Does your guest just announced that his dog farted but I don't believe him? I think he made up that part; the dog fart part. I have a question I pose in committee: Is Nico a liar or does his dog fart in life? He mentioned a cat. Will all the pets suffer him? He recounted a sex falconer. Will there always be animal intimacy? May your fortune be great and mercy on the rest of a farm you visit.

RLFAtlanta ,

Lots of info

I like all forms of music, but I came to this with zero knowledge of opera. This show is great because they cover (mostly) contemporary artists but also talk about classics, production, the art form as a whole, and everything from music and lyrics to how to pull together your own small production. The hosts are funny and knowledgeable. A great listen.

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