Podcast 28: There are more things in heaven and earth, opera fan

All four of us are joined by Karen for this free-wheeling discussion about what’s hot in opera. This show features operas that can be seen on my PINTEREST page, which keeps growing!

This New Ocean

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Tons of Operas discussed including:
  • Harrison Birtwistle: “The Minotaur
  • The Classical Style” by Steven Stucky
  • Paula Prestini‘s “Aging Magician
  • “Fall of the House of Usher” – Gordon Getty
  • Ricky Ian Gordon‘s “A Coffin in Egypt”
  • “Gallo” by Ken Ueno
  • Dominik Argento “Postcard from Morocco” at Portland Opera
  • “Frau Schindler” Thomas Morse composer, Ken Cazan libretto
  • “The Long Walk” by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischman
  • “Past The Checkpoint”, David Handland and Joanne Farias
  • “Breaking the Waves” Missy Mazzolli and Royce Vavrek
  • This New Ocean “by Nélida Béjar
  • William Bolcom “Dinner at Eight”
  • “Cold Mountain” by Jennifer Higdon
  • Kevin Puts, “The Manchhurian Candidate”
  • Huang Ruo‘s “An American Soldier”
  • “Cantata for a loop Trail” by Erik Spangler, Rhymes with Opera
  • The PropertyWlad Marhulets, composer Stephanie Fleischmann, librettist
  • Gallo” by Ken Ueno

notes: The Intro and Exit Music are from “This New Ocean” by Nélida Béjar

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Podcast 27: Composer Huang Ruo

We are joined by Huang Ruo composer of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, which will have it’s American premier this summer at Santa Fe Opera. We hear about growing up in China, as well as it’s musical culture from folk instruments like the Guqin to Chinese Folk Rock.


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Also Covered in our show:


Podcast 26: “Houston We Have A Problem” and Niloufar Talebi

Houston We Have A Problem! Do today’s opera composers have a storytelling problem? Peter, Brooke and Noah take it all the way, and we are joined by Niloufar Talebi, Iranian Translator, Performer and Librettist.



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  • Kamala Sankaram‘s “Thumbprint”
  • Gregory Spears’ “Paul’s Case” Based on the short story by Willa Cather
  • Lina Lapelyte’s “Have a Good Day
  • David Lynch’s “Dune”
  • Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”
  • Cecilia Bartoli singing Vivaldi’s “Agitata da due venti”

Niloufar Talebi will be at THE STONE, May 14, 2014
The Persian Cycle (working title)
Librettist spotlight
10 PM, $15 at the door day of event
FERUS Festival curated by VisionIntoArt at the Stone Residency
The Stone, corner of Avenue C and 2nd Ave, NYC


Podcast 25: The Prototype Festival and more

Peter Szep, Noah Lethbridge, Brooke Larimer are joined briefly by Jonathan Berger, composer, who’s work is being featured as part of the Prototype Festival in New York City, plus lots of chat.



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[We had some tech issues, if you have problems with the audio, please re-download it.]


The Indie Opera Podcast Is…

The Indie Opera Podcast is stepping in to the video realm. We are members of the New York Opera Alliance and were part of their Kick-off event at Le Poisson Rouge on Nov. 3rd. So we showed a video, which is tempting us to try making a video podcast. So we recorded a show in video to be released soon!

Here is the Video that we showed at the NYOA event. I hope you enjoy.