Episode 72: Moira Smiley

The talented and lovely Moira Smiley is my guest, this week! Not only talented and lovely, Moira is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer whose music can be heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and on more than 60 albums. We play, “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy” all the time around the house while we sing to our kids. It may be the Chicken Tikka Masala of her catalogue to all you deep-cuts-only die-hard Moira fans, but hey- I never get tired of Chicken Tikka, so sue me. Anyway- welcome back, thanks for listening, and enjoy!

Episode 68: Russell Thomas

Tenor, Russell Thomas, is my guest this week! We talk about career, rep, fees, finances, retirement and a whole lot more. Russell is a world-class talent, and he’s very thoughtful and quick to share his insights- especially regarding the precarious and careful climb to the top. Enjoy!

Episode 66: Todd Strange and Arnold Geis

Hey y’all! It’s our, “Three Tenors of the LAO Chorus” episode! Yup- Todd Strange and Arnold Geis are my guests this week, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a VERY last minute proposition, but this episode is certainly in keeping with my need to mix things up. Totally improvised, off the cuff, and EXACTLY the conversation you’d get if you were a fly on the wall in the dressing room. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Episode 65: James Martin Schaefer 2017

Marty Schaefer is my guest this week. Marty and I have known each other for twenty years now. I thought I needed a little break this week, so this chat is just a convo between buddies- nothing more. We’re not experts in any of the topics we discuss and we don’t talk about music. At all. Bathroom accidents, aliens, healthcare, Trump, and religion are all on the table, with this one- you get the idea. Maybe next time, we’ll go in with more of an agenda, who knows. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

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 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!

Episode 55: Julia Aks

Multidisciplinarian, Julia Aks, is my guest this week. She’s a mezzo-soprano, friend, and colleague from LA Opera, but that’s not all she does. She’s an aerialist, actor, intermittent dancer, and probably also does a bunch of other stuff that we didn’t cover. She very well may be the next big thing in this here town, so keep a lookout. Happy Monday, everybody, and I hope you like our little chat!

Episode 54: Brenton Ryan

Tenor, Brenton Ryan is my guest this week. He’s a swell guy, as all-American as you can get and is one heck of a good artist. He’s recently made his Met debut singing the role of Pedrillo in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio- the same show we’re performing right now at LAO. Brent is a well-spoken gentleman, and I’m very glad we got the chance to sit around and chat. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the conversation!