Podcast 82: Lawrence Brownlee & Michael Spyres

We welcome bel canto tenors extraordinaire Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres, who will present “Lawrence Brownlee & Michael Spyres sing Rossini”, an all-Rossini program of arias and duets with pianist Myra Huang at the 92nd Street Y in NYC on October 27, following the success of their Amici E Rivali album and concert at Opera Philadelphia. Michael and Larry…Continue reading Podcast 82: Lawrence Brownlee & Michael Spyres

Interviews from the void: The Blacksmith, Ryan Brown

The Blacksmith – Opera Lafayette Ryan Brown, Founder/Artistic Director & Conductor Ryan Brown, founder & artistic director of Opera Lafayette talks about the process of creating a new American Westernized version of the opera comique Le Marechal ferrant (The Blacksmith). Audio Clip Credits: Description: This excerpt is from the opening  of the opera in which…Continue reading Interviews from the void: The Blacksmith, Ryan Brown

Interviews from the void: Julie, an Opera Film

Chuck Sachs interviews composer/conductor Whitney George, director Chloe Treat plus co-directors of photography and lighting Paul Ashey & Erik Bagger about creating Julie, an opera film.  On June 4th, 2020 via YouTube, New Camerata Opera premiered Julie, a new opera film directed by Chloe Treat with a score by Whitney George and libretto by Wallis…Continue reading Interviews from the void: Julie, an Opera Film

Episode 81: Rosina, a Hip Hop Opera

We welcome three key creators of The Rosina Project, a groundbreaking “hip-hopera” that remixes The Barber of Seville using hip-hop and opera artists to perform a female-driven story of empowerment as an immersive, 21st-century house party. We are joined by George Cederquist, director, K.F. Jacques, composer and hip-hop artist playing Figaro, and Pinqy Ring, the hip-hop artist who plays Rosina.…Continue reading Episode 81: Rosina, a Hip Hop Opera

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