Episode 64: Philip Cokorinos

Bass-baritone, Phil Cokorinos is my guest this week. Phil has sung with us at least a half-dozen times in my twelve years with LAO. Always the consummate professional and great colleague, Phil manages to turn in great performances, night after night. This is a particularly interesting chat for all of you aspiring opera singers out there, and for those of you who want to get a glimpse into the dedication that goes into it. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Episode 63: Vittorio Grigolo

Superstar tenor, Vittorio Grigolo is my guest this week. I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to sit and chat with this powerhouse of a performer. He’s frank, candid, and very sure of his place in this crazy business. We talk about passion, life on and off stage, the pressures of performing and the challenges of balancing the personal with the professional. I hope you enjoy our chat, and thanks for listening!

Episode 62: Nicholas Brownlee

Rising star, Nicholas Brownlee is my guest this week. He’s a bass-baritone currently working in the Domingo-Colburn Young Artist Program at LAO. I’ve watched and heard him grow over the past few seasons, and man, you all better watch out for him! There are a lot of great insights for young singers, and a great come-up story for those of you who are interested in how a singer makes the rise. Nick is a genuine, friendly guy, a great colleague and one hell of a singer. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Episode 61: Ted Perlman

Producer, arranger, performer, Ted Perlman is my guest on this episode, and man is it a great one! Ted has worked with many of the greatest performers of all time, spanning four-plus decades. We talk about religion, forgiveness, fatherhood, and the meaning of life- and Burt Bacharach, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, and you know, other superstars, too. It was great getting to know Ted over the course of our conversation, and I know you’ll find him just as fascinating as I did. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Episode 60: Sharon Farber

Film and TV composer, Sharon Farber, is my guest this week. I’ve known Sharon for a number of years, and I’m always excited to bump into her around town. She’s a brilliant composer of concert music (as well as the Hollywood stuff), and through her music, she is also an admirable advocate for issues near and dear to her, particularly gender equality in music and Holocaust remembrance, both of which we talk at great lengths about in this interview. Sharon has always fought the good fight, and I was really happy to spend some time catching up with her. Thanks for listening!

Episode 59: Haim Mazar

Film and TV composer, Haim Mazar is my guest this week. I met Haim a few years ago on a crazy gun-for-hire musical theater project. Taking a variety of work is one of the topics we discuss, along with the process of composing, orchestrating and the pitfalls and challenges of the film and TV business. I think Haim is a great guy, and I know you’ll think so, too. Thanks for Listening!

Episode 58: Rodell “RoRo” Rosel

Character tenor, Rodell Rosel is my guest this week. I go way back with Rodell, and it’s always great to see friends find success, especially in this very difficult business. Rodell has carved out a terrific niche for himself as a character tenor and sings regularly with the best houses in the world, including the Met. Rodell has always been one of my most candid and outspoken friends- and to say this interview is no different would be the understatement of the week. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for listening!

Chorus America 2017

I’m happy to announce that I will be a presenter at this year’s Chorus America conference in Los Angeles. I’ll be accompanied by fellow podcasters, Ryan Guth of Choir Ninja and John Hughes of Choir Chat, where we’ll chat about our podcasts, the burden of celebrity, how to manage fan mail and how to avoid causing a mob at the mall.

Check us out on 6/24 at 9am at the Omni Hotel in DTLA, which I know is cruel and unusual, but hey, we all have to suffer for our art.

Thanks, Chorus America- It’s an honor to be asked!

Episode 57: Tali Tadmor

This week, I got to sit and chat with another one of my dear friends, the indomitable Tali Tadmor. An extraordinary pianist and collaborator, Tali makes the rounds around town with the best singers and organizations- and when I say around town, I mean from LA Opera to Carnegie Hall. She’s good. I hope you enjoy our conversation- thanks for listening!

Episode 56: Christopher Koelsch

CEO of LA Opera, Christopher Koelsch, is my guest this week. He’s eloquent, steady and has a clear, unwavering artistic vision for the company. In our world, the man who directs traffic at the intersection of art and commerce is always in the hot-seat, and Christopher must have “Never let them see you sweat” printed on his wallpaper because he’s the coolest of the cool customers. We dig into some pretty interesting stuff- everything from the value of art itself to the artistic and financial challenges of some of our most controversial productions. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into the life one of America’s top art administrators and as always, thanks for listening!