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I’m taking the holiday off, but I’ll be back with great interviews again, beginning the first week of January. In the meantime, check out my new daily podcast, “The Artist’s Almanac” at www.theartistsalmanac.org.

Thanks for your continued support, and Happy Holidays to you all!

Omar

 

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Episode 83: Singer, producer, composer – Ron Dante

Singer, producer, composer, Ron Dante is my guest this week! You know him as the voice of the Archies and their smash-hit single, “Sugar Sugar.” But did you know that he co-produced, along with the Schuberts, the Tony Award-winning musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’? Or that he produced NINE of Barry Manilow’s albums? Or that he was the editor of the Paris Review for almost a decade? Or that he’s writing and producing a new musical with Rupert Holmes?? Me neither! But I do now- and you will too, when you hear all the details, right here on LWAG! Enjoy!

Episode 81: Tenor, impresario – Mario Chang

Tenor, Mario Chang is my guest this week. We first worked with him in La Boheme, and now he’s back, singing the role of Ismaele in our current production of Nabucco, here in LA. We also talk at great length about the opera company founded by him and his wife with the purpose of supporting opera performance and training in his home country of Guatemala. Fascinating guy- Enjoy!

Episode 80: Mezzo-soprano – Kelley O’Connor

Kelley O’Connor is on LWAG! Kelley and I go way back, and this is the kind of chat you get when old pals get together. We dish, we reminisce, we dish some more. Kelly also sings around the world as a top-drawer concertizer, and we get into that, and why she prefers concerts over operatic roles. Lots of personal stuff here too, so if you ever feel like being a fly on the wall, this one’s for you. Enjoy!

Episode 79: Conductor, composer, professor – John Alexander

Choral titan, John Alexander is my guest this week. This was a very personal chat for me- John was my champion all through college, giving me most of the tenor solos and giving me my first professional opportunities as a singer. He’s the real deal, and I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did!

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The Artist’s almanac for Dec. 10th, 2017

Olivier Messiaen and Richard Pryor. “Two things people throughout history have had in common are hatred and humor. I am proud that I have been able to use humor to lessen people's hatred.” - Richard Pryor...

The Artist’s Almanac for Dec 9th, 2017

Trumbo, Douglas, Lovelace. To Althea, from Prison. When love with unconfined wings Hovers within my gates, And my divine Althea brings To whisper at the grates; When I lie tangled in her hair And fettered to her eye, The gods that wanton in the air Know no...

The Artist’s almanac for Dec 8th, 2017

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The Artist’s Almanac for Dec 7th, 2017 Cather – Chapin

Cather, Chapin, and a poem by Harry Chapin. Here are the words of Chapin's epitaph, taken from his song, “I Wonder What Would Happen.” Oh if a man tried to take his time on Earth And prove before he died What one man’s life could be worth I wonder what...

Me, me, me.

In case you missed it, I was on the Choir Chat Podcast! John C. Hughes graciously let me ramble on and on about anything but music. We cover politics, healthcare, coastal "elitism", fraud syndrome, and I probably mentioned that I like singing in choirs in...

Brotherhood

I have great friends. I think, or hope, you do too. There's something about the closeness of being with my own gender that is comforting- the ability to speak frankly and in short-hand. I suppose that's why we have, "guys night out" and, "girls night out", right? Do...

Coup

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Election

Well, Donald Trump is our new president-elect. A phrase I never expected to write, until Bernie Sanders was defeated by Wasserman Schultz and our Democratic party, that is. How did Hillary and all of her ivy-league helpers not see, AT ALL, what was happening in this...

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