06 September 2019
Ep. 97: The summer that was, and the year ahead
We are BACK with the beginning of SEASON FOUR!!!!! To kick things off, we recount the summer’s adventures and look ahead at exciting productions to come in the 19-20 opera season.
09 April 2019
Ep. 90: Das Rheingold
The OAD team embarks on Wagner’s epic opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, AKA the Ring Cycle. Of course, we must start with the first of the four operas: Das Rheingold. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into Wagner’s mythological world inspired by Norse mythology.
29 March 2019
Ep. 89: Richard Wagner…finally.
It took almost three full seasons, but we are finally talking about the polarizing composer Richard Wagner. Whether you love him or you hate him, most opera fans feel strongly about his contributions to the repertory, and we are no exception. As is appropriate for Wagner, this episode is one of our longest, but it... Read More
26 March 2019
Ep. 88: The Barrie Kosky Experience
Today’s opera directors are constantly finding ways to reinvent new productions of operas within the repertory, sometimes in strange and eye-catching ways. It can be argued that nobody reimagines opera quite like Australian director, Barrie Kosky, who is known for his provocative production concepts. OAD host, Kyle Homewood, got to witness this process firsthand, and... Read More
03 December 2018
Ep. 75: Suor Angelica
Following a day in the life of a 17th-century convent, Suor Angelica is the second (and most boring) opera in Puccini’s Il Trittico. In all seriousness, the opera’s all-female cast features some gorgeous music and a heartbreaking story of loss. It’s title role has also become a calling card for many great sopranos.
19 November 2018
Ep. 74: Il Tabarro
Just before the 100th anniversary of its premiere performance at the Metropolitan Opera, we dive into Puccini’s Il Trittico, a trilogy of one-act operas. This week we discuss the first and probably most intense of the trio, Il Tabarro (The Cloak). The episode also features a shoutout to one of our fans who requested the... Read More
05 November 2018
Ep. 72: Rusalka
We’re excited to geek out over this beautiful Czech opera! Those of you that know The Little Mermaid are familiar with this story. Mermaid, Prince, Sea Witch – all of the pieces are there. However, we like this music better than Disney’s. Yeah, we said it. Antonin Dvorak’s only entry into today’s opera canon sure... Read More
06 October 2018
Ep. 68: The Rite of Spring
Imagine going to see a new ballet and the audience breaks out in a riot. This is exactly what happened when Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” had its premiere in 1913. Get ready to flip some tables as we dive into what is now a mainstay of the ballet repertoire. To give you a taste... Read More
29 September 2018
Ep. 67: 18-19 Season Preview with Opera Wire Pt. 2
As promised, here is part two of our season preview conversation with Opera Wire. In this episode, David and Francisco Salazar tell us what exciting performances are coming to European houses in the upcoming opera season.
22 September 2018
Ep. 66: 18-19 Season Preview with Opera Wire Pt. 1
OAD is back for Season 3! We’re kicking things off in a big way with special guests, David and Francisco Salazar from OperaWire.com. In this episode, we talk about what productions and performances to look out for in North America in the upcoming opera season. Tune in for next week’s episode where we take a... Read More