Podcast 74: Opera Memphis, Ned Canty and Michael Sakir

The podcast regulars welcome Ned Canty, General Director, and Michael Sakir, Music Director of Opera Memphis for an illuminating discussion about how they have transformed what opera means to the Memphis community. What is an opera company’s civic responsibility especially in this period of pandemic shutdown? What skill sets should they have been cultivating to…Continue reading Podcast 74: Opera Memphis, Ned Canty and Michael Sakir

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Podcast 73: Sarah Fraser and Gregory Moomjy

Peter, Brooke & Walker are joined by the podcast’s newest addition, musicologist and critic Greg Moomjy for an everyone’s in their own home visit, with artist manager, Sarah Fraser, from Fletcher Artist Management.  The classical live performance world is three weeks into the complete shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. How are opera companies treating…Continue reading Podcast 73: Sarah Fraser and Gregory Moomjy

Podcast 72: Chabrelle Williams and Arnold Livingston Geis

We are joined via Zoom by Arnold Geis who is a Los Angeles based tenor and performer for Film, Television, video games, and opera companies around the world and Soprano Chabrelle Williams who is an avid arts advocate, and three-time District winner of the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. They were both performing…Continue reading Podcast 72: Chabrelle Williams and Arnold Livingston Geis

REVIEW: Leonore

Review by Gregory Moomjy According to legend, a rather high-profile gaffe occurred at the world premiere of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  At that time, he was almost completely deaf.  However, regardless of his hearing, Beethoven was never one to write for the voice.  Consequently, during rehearsals the Maestro faced many a disgruntled soprano who could not…Continue reading REVIEW: Leonore