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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!






What to Wear to the Opera, and Stage Management

In this episode, with Nicole out because of the flu, Katie Papa steps in doing a fantastic job as guest co-host. Brian August sheds some light on the world of stage management and gives great to dos and not to dos for singers from the SM standpoint. Bobby loses his cool over what is appropriate garb at the opera. Meyerbeer has new light shed on why his music is forgotten. Mo Rocca to write the libretto for a new opera? Opera News nailing it?!? ALL THIS WEEK ON THE O.R.!!!

Duration: 01:02:36

Dominic Domingo and Happy Holidays!

Episode 15 of the O.R. has Dominic Domingo on the podcast from LA Opera and Operalia talking about auditions, life, and how to best represent yourself. It's truly a phenomenal interview with great insight! Bobby is alone this week and has a moment of thanks to Nicole, his friends and family. Tune in, you don't want to miss this one!! We'll see you in two weeks!! THAT's THE O.R.!!

Duration: 01:08:07

Finance and Leaving Opera

Bobby and Nicole invite Samantha Korbey on the podcast to talk about leaving the world of singing and pursuing a new career. She discusses why she doesn't miss opera and what aided her decision to leave. Chris Enns joins to discuss his business, "Rags to Reasonable" and speaks about financial stability as a singer. Bobby finds out that Calgary is in Alberta, not Manitoba. Nicole still uses words that only Chaucer would use (Agreeance) and Samantha quietly observes in her lumberjack garb....

Duration: 01:22:38

One week later

Bobby and Nicole dissect what seems to be the end of the fiasco at the Metropolitan Opera. Bobby deals with the fact that he was once only known as Rob. Nicole wonders about the first man that ever milked a cow. Dr. Carleen Graham talks life in academia and the transition to working for a major opera company now that she is at Houston Grand Opera. Bobby also lashes back at his friends for their nasty comments on his Rossini Petite Messe Solennelles post on Facebook. IT'S THE O.R.!!

Duration: 01:23:24

Tough pill to swallow...

With the breaking news at the Metropolitan Opera, Bobby and Nicole try to dissect and understand what is going on with the limited information and intense amount of speculation surrounding these recent developments. Bobby sees Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met and you won't believe who his favorite voice in the production is and Nicole eats pasta on the air and lets us all hear it while it's happening. It's the O.R.!!

Duration: 01:04:41

Pizza, Agents, and Apologies

This week on the O.R. Nicole and Bobby have Justin Werner on the podcast to talk about the business from an agent's perspective. Luis Orozco stops by to set the record straight on how attractive he is. Nicole didn't know Wendy's gave out salt and pepper. Bobby makes Luis pay extra for the pizza they bought because it had pepperoni on it and when all else fails just talk baseball and everything will be ok.... sort of. IT'S THE O.R.!!!

Duration: 01:25:27

Musical Theatre, Opera Singers, Ageism and Stuff

Episode 10 has a full house with two guests, an unexpected Nicole, and a Bobby trying to keep it all together. Join us this week as Lucas Levy, Teresa Castillo, Bobby Mellon and Nicole Weigelt discuss Musical Theatre productions in Opera Houses, Age in opera, and many other tangents. Also, Bobby and Lucas have a full-blown argument on why Boheme is or isn't a Christmas. Nicole struggles to get a word in edgewise. A new operatic idea was thrown around. "The Ugly Duckling" starring Lucas...

Duration: 01:07:26

Self-help and hobbies are lifesavers!!!

This week Bobby and Nicole are finally reunited. Nicole shows up and works this week. Sharin Eskandani shares the importance of self-help and awareness. Nicole tries out some new character voices. Bobby compares the Met's new slogan to a hospital that just decided to state, "Saving lives is now our priority..." It's the O.R. and it's FUN!

Duration: 01:08:46

The State of Opera

In this episode, the O.R. addresses racism at the Met, the state of opera, and how Nicole is sleeping through most of this episode. Bobby gets angry that only hot people are allowed to fall in love with each other in Opera. Guest Tim Cheung gives an intelligent perspective on his views of the state of opera. Nicole admits she would try harder if more people subscribed.... so... SUBSCRIBE!

Duration: 01:15:03

The one about marketing yourself...

In this episode, Nicole and Bobby realize they know nothing about social media. Anh Le shows us how to market yourself like a pro. Theo Hoffman begs to be a guest on the show. Chris Magiera won't be happy how Bobby responds. We find out Nicole makes one hell of a soup...when she's home on the weekends....with Netflix... THE O.R. SUBSCRIBE!!

Duration: 01:16:53

Me, too and Outreach

In this episode, Bobby and Nicole discuss sexual harassment in our field followed by educational outreach gigs and their importance. Nicole records in her PJs again and Bobby explains why everyone knows he sucks. This is THE O.R.!!! SUBSCRIBE!

Duration: 01:23:18

Traveling, living, and surviving on the road

This week the O.R. dives into different living arrangements on the road. Guest Madalyn Mentor sheds light on what to expect when living with patrons and or other provided housing by a company. Bobby suggests that opera ditch the 501c3 model and Nicole does the whole podcast lying in her bed. New York-St. Louis edition!

Duration: 01:06:35

Staging rehearsals and the Opera Draft!

Bobby and Nicole draft their top five must-see productions at the Met this year. Alison Moritz stops by for some Staging 101 and Bobby heckling. Nicole revels in it all.

Duration: 01:24:41

Voice teachers and non-sense

This week Nicole and Bobby discuss finding a voice teacher and some red flags to look out for when taking lessons that might be detrimental to your learning. Also, Nicole says "ya know" another billion times...

Duration: 01:17:23

The One About Coaching

This week we dive into how to be properly prepared for a coaching. What to come into it with and what to expect from it. Our guest this week is Lachlan Glen, and he shares some great insight on what a coach is looking for during a coaching. Tune in! SUBSCRIBE!

Duration: 01:13:56

Auditions and how not to look like a jerk and stuff...

This week's episode we tackle the dos and don'ts of opera auditioning and JC Penny sales. Our guest this week is Roberto Kalb who is the Head of Music Staff and Resident Conductor with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Duration: 01:07:18