The three words that have always been used to describe my personality are, “Mischief, Music, and Merriment.” With this podcast, we will explore, and combine, two of my favorite things – music and bartending. Join me, The Mischievous Maestro, as we travel the world, one opera and a few drinks at a time.
He had music critics stabbing him in the back, a German Baroness stealing his heart, all while waltzs were dancing in his mind. There was no way a World War was going to keep the maestro down.
La fanciulla del West
The original spaghetti western, a world premiere, a murder trial, and New York City. What could be better than this? Sip on a Sazerac and press play to find out!
After the success of your first opera, the second one is supposed to be even better, right? Not so much. Musical masterpiece and literary disaster. But, at least the story behind the story is entertaining.
She’s all frills and getting the opera written was defiantly a thrill. Puccini put his version up against another famous telling of the same story. Which one do you prefer?
Opening night was a total disaster but a hundred years later it’s a huge hit. What happened? What was changed? And, who is one of opera’s biggest slime balls?
What happens when you want to compose an opera but someone else already has the rights to the story? What do you do when something always goes wrong? What does it mean when no one is alive at the end of the show?
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I learned so much!
I’m not an opera person at all but it was so interesting to listen to the stories presented. Also the ASMR of cocktail making on a podcast is a delight! Such a creative and different concept!!
I Don’t Even LIKE Opera and I’m Hooked!
Opera to me is a lot like golf: expensive and boring and it takes way too much time to wrap things up. I’ve gone to a few shows and listened to recordings of the greats, and I just didn’t get the intrigue. But, I’m a huge RENT fan and knew it was based on Puccini’s La Boheme, so when I stumbled upon the MM’s first episode covering that opera I gave it a listen, thinking that maybe it was a Cliff’s Notes version.
It was so good that I listened to it a second time to catch what I’d missed in the first go-round. And I haven’t missed an episode since. Andy Anderson does a great job of weaving the story of the opera with the history behind it, as well as how it relates to the present day. I enjoy his sense of humor and the “fun facts” he sprinkles into the podcasts. And a “signature drink” for each podcast? Genius! The “Trouble in Paradise” from episode 2 has become a Friday night staple in our house.
I can’t believe that I actually look forward to learning more about opera each week, but the podcast is truly that entertaining. I give the Mischievous Maestro a standing ovation! Tune in, you won’t be disappointed!