opera pros: uncut & unfiltered

About the show

What's it like to work in the opera industry? Here on the OperaBiz Podcast, we talk with professionals actively working in the opera world, sharing stories, talking shop, and discussing opera in the modern age.

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  • Ana De Archuleta, Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists

    6 February 2020  |  48 mins 41 secs
    agent, artist manager, manager

    Jump into a conversation with Ana De Archuleta, where we discuss approaching managers, making statements in auditions, and the de-stigmatization of the "Slash" (side gig/day job) that is a necessity for young and emerging singers in the industry today.

  • J. Patrick Raftery - Tenor

    13 January 2020  |  58 mins 20 secs

    J. Patrick Raftery and I sit down for a casual conversation while working together at Taos Opera Institute, June 2019. He shares insights about the ever-changing industry, his transition from baritone to tenor, and anecdotes from his 4 decades in opera.

  • J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo

    26 November 2019  |  57 mins 50 secs
    akhnaten, jessye norman, met opera, metopera, mezzo

    J'Nai Bridges sits down for an informal talk after her first day working at the Met on Akhnaten. We talk modern singer life, the legacy of Jessye Norman, and long-needed changes in the opera industry.

  • Karen Kamensek, Conductor

    30 October 2019  |  53 mins 41 secs
    akhnaten, conductor

    Making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, Karen Kamensek sits down to discuss her road to conducting, her collaboration with Philip Glass, and a largely European career. She shares her insights on Glass' music as well as a fresh perspective on life on the podium.

  • Frederick Ballentine - Tenor

    15 October 2019  |  35 mins 33 secs
    porgy and bess, tenor

    At the Met this season for Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life, Frederick Ballentine talks about playing the villain, on-stage community, and his advice for young singers.

  • Sidney Outlaw - Baritone

    16 September 2019  |  57 mins 31 secs
    baritone, new york, opera singer, performer, singer, teacher

    Sidney discusses the life of a modern singer, the joys of teaching, and his journey from seeing his first opera to a life on stage. Recorded March, 2019.

  • Andrew Ousley - PR

    3 September 2019  |  48 mins 59 secs
    opera, pr, social media, social media marketing

    Kicking off Season 2 of the OperaBiz podcast: PR guru Andrew Ousley joins the conversation for an informative talk about the state of social media for singers, what a PR firm actually does in classical music, and where he thinks this corner of the industry is going.

  • Zachary James

    11 June 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    bass, broadway, opera, singer

    From MT to opera, off to Broadway and TV, and now back on the opera stage again, Zachary James brings a unique and fresh perspective on the opera industry.

    Recorded on-location at Gebhard's Beer Culture on West 72nd.

  • Susanna Phillips

    28 May 2019  |  44 mins 3 secs

    Susanna Phillips gets together to discuss role prep, loving the process, retiring a role, and the joys of singing!

  • Peter Szep: NY Opera Alliance / NY OperaFest

    12 May 2019  |  56 mins 45 secs
    conductor, director, new music, ny operafest, nyc, nyof

    Peter Szep comes on to talk about what's happening in the NYC opera scene, chat about new works and premiers during NY OperaFest 2019, and the great collaboration of opera.

  • Lila Palmer, Librettist

    29 April 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins
    classical music, collaboration, composer, libretto, opera

    Lila Palmer, librettist, comes on to discuss the side of the industry many people take for granted: the text. From creating new works, to collaborative efforts, to crafting a story, Lila brings a unique perspective to the world of opera.

  • Timothy Myers, Conductor

    15 April 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    conductor, opera, symphony

    Conductor Timothy Myers (Santa Fe, HGO, Washington National Opera, MNOp, et al.) sits down to discuss working on world premiers, the collaborative effort of opera, and taking the road less traveled to a career. Recorded at Minnesota Opera, one day before the world premier of The Fix.

  • Allen Perriello

    2 April 2019  |  42 mins 29 secs

    Allen Perriello, Head of Music for MNOpera and the Glimmerglass Young Artist Program, hangs out for a great conversation during the world premier week of The Fix in Minneapolis. We talk audition "strategy," modern music, and a bit about the world of collaborative piano.

  • Episode 1010: Samantha Hankey

    25 March 2019  |  39 mins 1 sec

    Get to know one of the Met's up and coming mezzos, on stage for 6 roles this 2018-2019 season: Samantha Hankey. We talk about juggling multi-role prep, her musical background, and collaborating on new music.

  • Sam Snook: IMG Artists

    18 February 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins

    Sam Snook, VP or Artist Management at IMG Artists chats about what a modern manager does, where he discovers his artists (or how best to approach managers you're interested in), and general industry wisdom. Hear it directly from the man who reps Susan Graham, Ben Bliss, Angela Meade and more.

  • Lucas Meachem

    5 February 2019  |  46 mins 39 secs
    baritone, classical music, classical singer, new york, nyc, opera, opera singer, podcast, social media, social media for singers, social media marketing

    From singing with your own voice to his blog and social media engagement, baritone Lucas Meachem covers the ins and outs of being a modern singer.