Episode 45: Are you OPERAfit? Healthy Living with Ellen Broen

Joining us to start the new year is founder and CEO of OPERAfit, and mezzo-soprano, Ellen Broen. She shares her insights on health, private career and life transformation and shares her belief that The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film.

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Notes

  • Brooke
    • Star Wars movies
      • The Last Jedi
      • The Empire Strikes Back
      • A New Hope
  • Peter
    • Rogue One
    • Verdi Requiem
      • Metropolitan Opera
      • James Levine, Conductor
      • Ferruccio Furlanetto, Bass soloist
  • Ellen
    • Handel’s Messiah
    • Jim Carrey
      • Man On the Moon, biopic about Kaufman
      • Andy Kaufman
      • Netflix
      • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Featuring a very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
  • Opera America Repertoire Development Grants
    • American Opera Projects with Opera Parallèle
      • Today It Rains
        • Laura Kaminsky, composer
        • Mark Campbell, librettist
          • As One
          • American Opera Projects at BAM
    • Beth Morrison Projects
      • Magda/Max
        • Garrett Fisher, composer
        • Amy Schrader, librettist
    • Boston Lyric Opera
      • Schoenberg In Hollywood
        • Tod Machover, composer
        • Simon Robson, librettist
    • The Glimmerglass Festival
      • Blue
        • Jeanine Tesori, composer
        • Tazewell Thompson, librettist
      • Metropolitan Opera
        • Tony Kushner
          • A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck
    • Houston Grand Opera
      • The Phoenix
        • Tarik O’Regan, composer
        • John Caird, librettist
    • Long Beach Opera
      • Five
        • Anthony Davis, composer
        • Richard Wesley, librettist
    • The Metropolitan Opera
      • Eurydice, Based on a play by Sarah Ruhl
        • Matthew Aucoin, composer
        • Sarah Ruhl, librettist
    • Minnesota Opera
      • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
        • Paola Prestini, composer
        • Mark Campbell, librettist
    • Opera Columbus
      • The Flood
        • Korine Fujiwara, composer
        • Stephen Wadsworth, librettist
    • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
      • Fire Shut Up In My Bones
        • Terence Blanchard, composer
        • Kasi Lemmons, librettist
        • Champion, also by Blanchard
  • Ellen Broen – OPERAFit
    • Emotional Eating
    • Acid Reflux
      • Stress
    • Online Workouts
    • A supportive circle of friends
    • The myth of the dangers of losing weight for singers
    • Pilates and the voice
    • OPERAfit Singer Resource Library launching in April 2018
      • Video library of modules on basic fitness systems
    • Dr. Claudia Friedlander, Voice teacher and fitness trainer
      • Complete Vocal Fitness: A Singer’s Guide to Physical Training, Anatomy and Biomechanics
        • Alexander Technique
    • Acid reflux, investigate your unique triggers
    • Myth: As long as you work out you can eat whatever you want
    • Being healthy is a long journey, start slow an build
    • Health goal Plateaus, and breaking through
      • Mix it up, muscle confusion or diet
      • Switching intensity
      • Dance class
      • Keep it new
    • Stress and food
      • Stress over food is worse for you than anything you’re eating
      • Eat locally
      • How you think about eating is important
    • Life is not set up for success
      • It’s not about winning
      • Live life mode vs. achieve mode
      • No award system for “Adulting”
    • Ontological Coach
      • Prioritizing “who your being” over “what you’re doing”
      • What you do is what you’re worth
    • The Opera community and support
      • Most opera singers are supportive, 90%
        • New forum for classical singers
        • New New forum for classical singers
      • 10% sabotage mentality
        • There are rotten eggs
    • The opera singer is the instrument – your emotional state effects your voice
    • You are your own CEO, and Marketer
    • Many singers believe in the “starving artist” mentality
      • Living a life of scarcity
    • Opera Companies use apprentice programs to staff
      • Minor League baseball players get payed as “Apprentices”
    • Karl Polmak, Professor at The Boston Conservatory
    • The Winner Take All Society
      • A book by Philip J. Cook & Robert H. Frank
    • Mental Health
      • Bi-polar prevalence
      • Beethoven and Mental illness
      • Robin Williams, actor
    • Michael Pollan
      • Cooked, a Netflix cooking series
    • Cindy Sadler, mezzo-soprano
  • New year resolutions
    • Theme Based, not goal based
    • And it should fit on a mug

Credits: Peter Szep, Brooke Larimer, Chuck Sachs, Chris Fedack (Audio Engineer), Peter Szep (Editor)

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