The driving force of opera is in small opera companies with independent producers. Indie Opera is the place to go to for news about where opera is headed, in companies that are creating new operas and who are presenting the classics in new ways for wider audiences.
Noah Lethbridge and Peter Szep team up to create a podcast focused on the heart and soul of opera production, in the trenches where new work is created and the future opera is being openly debated. Please become a regular listener and if you have projects that we need to know about email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noah Lethbridge — Co-Host
Noah writes, teaches, sings and lives in NYC. He holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music (BM in Music Education) and The City College of New York (MA in Musicology). He is currently teaching vocal music at DreamYard Prep in the Bronx. Noah and Peter performed together Ned Rorem’s Our Town in 2009 with Raylynmoor Opera and William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge with Vertical Player Repertory in 2010. Noah is also interested in philosophy, electronic and experimental music, film, hip-hop culture and issues in Schenkerian analysis.
Peter Szep — Producer, Co-Host, Editor-Mixer in Chief
Quickly earning a reputation as New York’s premier “Indie Opera” conductor, Peter Szep is known for his “tremendously affecting” accounts of difficult works. His production of “Il Tabarro” with Vertical PLayer Repertory, performed on an oil tanker at the Red Hook container port received critical acclaim in The New York Times and was called “exhilarating” by Brian Kellow in Opera News. Peter Szep most recently guest conducted with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the premier of “Burt Dow Deep Water Man” with Operahouse Arts in Stonington, ME, and the premier of “Diamond Street” with the Diamond Opera Theatre at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY.
Brooke Larimer — Contributor
Mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer is a freelance classical singer and voice teacher living in Boston. A lover of Indie Opera, she has graced the stages of many of the companies discussed on this podcast including, but not limited to Boston Opera Collaborative, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Longwood Opera, Commonwealth Opera, and Connecticut Lyric Opera. Brooke had the distinct pleasure of working with Peter and Noah on the fateful production of Our Town with Raylynmor Opera in 2008, playing the character role of Mrs. Soames. She is on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and spends most of her awake time juggling her schedule to accommodate her many professional, semi-professional and not-at-all professional engagements, an activity with which all freelance musicians are familiar. And she drinks a lot of coffee.
Walker Lewis — Contributor
Walker Lewis hails from Baltimore, MD and a family of scientists. Walker’s creative team recently won the Director-Designer Showcase grant from Opera America, and his concept for The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Brecht/Weill is featured in the current issue of Opera America Magazine. Walker recently directed Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate at (le) Poisson Rouge with lauded early music group Musica Nuova. The production was featured in both The New York Times and the New Yorker. Walker worked with Andrei Serban on Verdi’s Otello at the Paris Bastille Opera, directed Liddy’s Sammiches, Potions, and Baths at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and his recent production of Uncomfortable Sex beat 34 other plays to win First Prize in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Fall One Act Festival.
We want to know what is happening in the world of opera, premiers, innovative independent producers, living composers… who are experimenting to find the future of opera. There are magazines and websites dedicated to opera, but they tend to focus on the same hand full of companies, and there are websites that feature collections, individual festivals, and individual opera companies work, but we want to focus on all of these great companies in one podcast. It may be impossible, but we’re going to try.
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