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Do you like opera? Yeah- we do too. You like the stuffy, pompous way people talk about it? Neither do we! Your no BS guide to what it's all about!

Do you like opera? Yeah- we do too. You like the stuffy, pompous way people talk about it? Neither do we! Your no BS guide to what it's all about!
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Do you like opera? Yeah- we do too. You like the stuffy, pompous way people talk about it? Neither do we! Your no BS guide to what it's all about!






Briana Hunter, Bare Opera, and DEFINITELY not Bon Jovi

The ladies and Lucas are joined by the delightful Briana Hunter to talk about Bare Opera's upcoming production! Other topics include: Marnie, Mefistofele, Hungarian National Opera, application fees, drinking chocolate, rap horns and Josh Groban. It's the O.R.!


Megan Pachecano is here!

The ladies (and Lucas) take control and invite our buddy Megan Pachecano on the pod to discuss Met Chorus work, fach changes, freelancing, ghost stories (Halloween, duh), and our favorite musical moments. Bobby swore she'd never be on...but we've taken over! It's the O.R.!


A New Co-Host - and Keith Phares!

While Bobby's away, the girls will...still do the podcast. Our buddy Lucas Levy is subbing in for good ol' Bob while he's off making opera noises. Nicole and Katie went into the world and saw opera! Keith Phares is with us to discuss new music, originating roles, and working with composers! It's the O.R.!


Feminism! with Anh Lê

On Bobby's last podcast (for a few weeks, don't get too excited) we discuss what it's like to be a woman in the industry - with many related tangents. Bobby has free reign to ask the ladies questions - what could go wrong? Come along, won't you? It's the O.R.!


Roberto Kalb, Happy Opera Stuff, and the Usual Stuff

Roberto Kalb joins us to talk about his experience with auditions, moving from assistant conductor to the maestro's chair, and various other aspects of his professional life. Nicole saw an opera on the High Line. Katie is angry about not getting PFOs. Bobby spent $975.02 on his car maintenance this morning. THIS IS THE OR!!! Visit https://myparsifalconductor.com/ and enter code MPCMKT for $47.00 tickets to regular performances (Oct 12 – Nov 3) Direct Link:...


Brandon Neal, Diversity, and Nicole's back!

Brandon Neal joins the OR team to discuss his position with Santa Fe Opera and diversity in opera. You won't want to miss this interview. Nicole comes back to New York. (Shrugs) The three hosts are back together for the first time since the middle of last year. It's the OR!!


Thank God for Weston Hurt!

Thank god for Weston Hurt. Weston Hurt came on and talked about being a singer with a disability and helping young singers with tips to guide them through their audition season. It was both informative and inspirational. Bobby, Nicole, and Katie basically phoned in the rest of the show. Nicole phoned it in literally. It's the OR!!!!


We're back!!! Also, our guest is Danielle Pastin!!!!

The OR returns. It may not be all about opera but it sure was fun. Danielle Pastin talks about her career and life. Nicole is suffering from Panda Express. Katie and Bobby tell Staten Island stories. Oh, and we cover the summer in opera... IT'S THE OR!!!!


Geoffrey Agpalo, Individuality, Hierarchy

Episode 30 is the end of season one! Donate to help the OR for season two here https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-or-help-you?sharetype=teams&member=105860&rcid=r01-152531936908-3628471392154340&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w - Geoffrey Agpalo discusses life as a solo singer and chorister at the Lyric in Chicago. Katie and Nicole talk about being yourself. Bobby opens up his rough draft to save the opera world through a hierarchy. It's the OR!


Met Semis, Josh Blue, Marco Cammarota

Episode 29 opens a major debate between the three OR hosts regarding the MONC. Josh Blue joins the podcast to speak about his experience singing in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finals. Marco Cammarota is this week's guest, discussing his time, in detail, spent at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia! This is the OR!!


Jennifer Williams; Singer Fees; Reviews

Episode 28 brings Jennifer Williams on the program to discuss audience engagement and sexual harassment in the business. Nicole speaks regarding reviewers and their uncanny ability to rip into singers. Bobby talks about a conversation with his colleagues, prior to the podcast, about singer fees. It's the OR!!!


Caroline Koelker and Opera Turmoil

Episode 27 covers the turmoil with world-famous soprano Anna Netrebko. Caroline Koelker comes on and talks about her life as Executive Director of Opera Maine, formerly known as PORTopera. This is quite the OR, I do declare... ;)


Jennifer Panara in Germany

The OR talks singing in Germany with mezzo Jennifer Panara. Bobby rants about sharing food and drinks with colleagues as Katie tries to reason with him. Nicole is sick again. IT'S THE OR!!


Cosi at the Met and Steven LaBrie

Steven LaBrie joins us on the OR! Bobby is both overly complimentary and playfully combative. Steven talks about being a part of a festival season and how he found his way to opera. Nicole explains the shenanigans that happened in the audience during the Met's production of Cosi fan tutte. The OR discusses the Shoperatic article about Layla J. Felder written by Eugenia Forteza. It's the OR!!


Witty headlines and Rachelle Pike!

Episode 24 has guest Rachelle Pike on the program talking about moving to the United States and the process that goes into that move as a foreigner. Bobby comes up with headlines regarding a certain firing at the Met. Katie and Nicole take full control of the interview. It's the O.R.!


Work is Work!

Episode 23 invites a great conversation with the wonderful Ellen Schlaefer who is from the University of South Carolina and is the general director of FBN Productions in Columbia, SC. Bobby, Katie, and Nicole discuss the top 25 operas performed in Canada and the US in the 2016-2017 season. Nicole attended the ARE Opera production of Romeo et Juliette and Katie and Nicole talk about the Metropolitan Opera Eastern Regionals. It's the O.R.!!


The Fight and Rob Ainsley!

Opera Reality has the one and only Rob Ainsley as its guest. Rob speaks about his life, what he looks for in Young Artists for Washington National Opera's young artist program, and he discusses the American Opera Initiative. Eugenia Forteza and Bobby engage in a heated dispute over singing. Nicole and Katie side with Eugenia. Nicole dreams of doing the outro and succeeds. It's the O.R.!!


A New Donizetti Opera? Tom Muraco! MORE FEMALE CONDUCTORS!!

Episode 21 is full of great stories, insight, and laughs with Maestro Thomas Muraco on the program. The O.R. adds a new co-host to the mix by bringing back Katie Papa. Nicole relaxes knowing her responsibilities have dropped even more. Bobby is excited about having someone to actually talk to on the podcast. Katie talks about a new Donizetti Opera that was recently discovered. Bobby makes up a Napoleon named French Emperor. The group discusses a lack of female composers and conductors in the...


New Company Heads, Adam Diegel, Mattresses

In this week's episode, Nicole and Bobby discuss the new Music Director at the MET; the new General Director, Artistic Director, and Music Director at Santa Fe Opera; and the new state of the art admin location for Seattle Opera. Of course, tangents galore, Bobby and Nicole talk about mattresses for far too long. Adam Diegel is the guest, and he discusses how his career as a singer took shape, his thoughts on the profession, and how he is enjoying his new role as the Artistic Director of...


Met auditions, Young Artist Programs, Surviving as a Singer

In this episode, Bobby and Nicole discuss the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. The discussion gets very real as the role of a young artist program comes up; are they really servicing young artists? This week's guest is the resident stage director at ARE Opera, Jessica Harika, who speaks with the O.R. about her path and what it is like to be involved in opera and survive in NYC all at once. Nicole denies being a pessimist and claims she is just a realist. Bobby learns...