The latest episode of the Big COC Podcast is up on iTunes. This one features Gianmarco Segato of the COC plus three bloggers; myself, Lydia Perovic of Definitely the Opera and Leslie Barcza of barczablog. We talked about Henze and European modernism segging into the differences between modern opera in Europe and America. And that led to a discussion of Adès’ The Tempest, American conservatism, the Met and it’s audience, parties at Christopher Alden’s place and much more. Then it was on to Lydia’s new novel, Incidental Music(go buy it). There was also an interview with Nina Draganić about the free concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. When we came back it was for a discussion about the difference about men and women, action and feeling in opera and, ultimately, why the soprano always gets a raw deal! I really enjoyed recording this one. It really felt like a conversation between good friends (which it was) and it’s not been edited down too much. I think there may have been a segment on the Opera Atelier Der Freischütz that got chopped.