A couple of weeks ago Lydia Perovic of Definitely the Opera, The Globe and Mail and other sundry publications invited myself, Jenna Douglas Simeonov of Schmopera, Joseph So of Ludvig Van and Opera Canada, and Sara Constant of The WholeNote over to her place to record a podcast on our musical/operatic impressions of 2017. She has summarised it rather nicely here, where you can also listen to it or download it. It’s an hour and a quarter of controversy and, just maybe, erudition and wit.
The latest COC podcast is out featuring Alia Rosenstock, Wayne Gooding, Gianmarco Segato and myself. Topics include the crisis in the Italian opera industry, best operas of recent decades and much more. It’s available on iTunes and on the COC websire.
The latest The Big COC Podcast features regulars Gianmarco Segato of the COC, Wayne Gooding of Opera Canada magazine and myself. The twist is that we are joined by Topher Mokrzewski and Joel Ivany; respectively the music director and artistic director of Against the Grain Theatre. As regular readers will know they are also the co-creators of Figaro’s Wedding and two of the rising stars of the Canadian opera scene. I think it made for an unusually interesting episode but, man, do I talk slowly.
You can find the podcast on the COC website and on iTunes.
45 minutes of Gianmarco Segato, Alia Rosenstock, Joseph So and myself discussing opera awards, crossover “artists”, the oft proclaimed death of the art song recital, the new opera house in St. Petersburg and consolidation in the recording industry.
You can listen here or download it from iTunes.
Gianmarco Segato, Joseph So, Paula Citron and myself discuss standing ovations and other aspects of audience etiquette, pants (trouser for the Brits) roles and the weird reaction to them of some sections of the Toronto audience and our picks from recent webstreams and DVDs. Listen here or download from iTunes.
Episode 8 of The Big COC Podcast is up with Gianmarco Segato, Wayne Gooding, Claire Morley and myself. We talk about the COC season announcement, Sir Peter Jonas’ bizarre article from Opera magazine about the German opera scene, opera in translation and the fine art of seat jumping!
You can find it on iTunes or at this link.
A couple of weeks ago we recorded another Big COC Podcast. It’s now available on the COC website and from iTunes. This time the panel was myself, Wayne Gooding from Opera Canada magazine and Gianmarco Segato and Gianna Wichelow from the COC.
Topics covered included Robert Everett-Green’s Globe and Mail article on Il Trovatore and the persecution of the Roma, upcoming opera productions across Canada (mostly Verdi!), an interview with Marilyn Gronsdal on her Montreal remounting of Christopher Alden’s production of Der Fliegende Holländer; seen at the COC in 2010, and that hardy perennial, HD cinema transmissions of opera with especial emphasis on the Met.
The first in a new series of the Canadian Opera Company’s The Big COC Podcast is now up on the COC website and at iTunes. (On iTunes search for “The Big COC Podcast”). It features Gianmarco Segato of the COC, Wayne Gooding of Opera Canada, Leslie Barcza of barczablog and myself. You can hear us talk about operetta in general, the COC’s upcoming Die Fledermaus, Evgeni Nikitin’s tattoos, John Teraud’s “boulder and a hard place” article and the problems of getting the word out to potential audiences in a post-newspaper world.