Episode 80: dwb (driving while black) with Karen Slack, AKEEN, & UrbanArias

We welcome the creative team and star of dwb (Driving While Black), the new UrbanArias-produced film adaptation of the recent one-woman opera by Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel. We are joined by Du’bois and Camry A’Keen, director and art director; Robert Wood, conductor and Artistic Director of UrbanArias; and Karen Slack, soprano. We learn how this timely and moving piece was created,…Continue reading Episode 80: dwb (driving while black) with Karen Slack, AKEEN, & UrbanArias

Episode 79: Baritone Michael Mayes

Baritone Michael Mayes joins us to to share his insights into what keeps people coming back to opera and how he gets to “The Quick”, his popular podcast. Known for his powerful performances in Dead Man Walking and other contemporary opera, he recently showed audiences a new side of himself singing and playing country guitar in Atlanta Opera’s “Crossroads”…Continue reading Episode 79: Baritone Michael Mayes

Podcast 78: Our Tenth Anniversary Podcast, with Noah Lethbridge

We celebrate 10 years of the Indie Opera Podcast, and welcome back IOP co-founder Noah Lethbridge. With Noah’s help we reflect on the last ten years in the opera world: what has changed, where we’re headed, and some of our favorite memories of past episodes and guests. Peter Szep takes us back to 2011 and…Continue reading Podcast 78: Our Tenth Anniversary Podcast, with Noah Lethbridge

Podcast 76: Afton Battle, General Director of Fort Worth Opera

Afton Battle, the new General Director of Fort Worth Opera, after having left a career as an opera singer to work in strategic consulting and development for the National Black Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Joffrey Ballet, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Battle brings a unique and well-rounded skill-set to…Continue reading Podcast 76: Afton Battle, General Director of Fort Worth Opera