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Convo on the Verge

Convo on the Verge

By Ema Katrovas
Conversations with artist who create independently, outside the confines of the industry and its gatekeepers. Hosted by Ema Katrovas.
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Ep. 4: Malena Dayen (singer, opera director)
Malena Dayen is a versatile vocalist and exciting opera director who works a lot with new media. Recently, Malena directed the first opera in virtual reality (The Presence of Odradek with Bare Opera.) She is also a versatile vocalist who sings both “standard” operatic repertoire and, most prominently with her duo New Airs Tango, Spanish music and tango. She is also part of the vocal improvisation ensemble Moving Star based at Carnegie Hall and a collaborative artist at the Weill Music Institute, among other performance engagements.  Malena and I talk about virtual reality, how technology changes singing, the magical elements of opera, and the so-far still irreplicable qualities of live performance, among other things.  Links:  Malena's website: https://www.malenadayen.com/ The Presence of Odradek at Bare Opera: http://www.bareopera.org/the-presence-of-odradek Moving Star ensemble: http://www.movingstarvoices.com/ Malena's upcoming projects🔮:  With Teatro Grattacielo (grattacielo.org): Idomeneo July 2021 (Crete, Greece), L’Amico Fritz November 2021, El Amor Brujo November 2021 (New York City) With Fairfield County Chorale (https://fairfieldcountychorale.org/): Vivaldi’s Gloria, April 2021 The Late Walk, at the Library of Congress. More info here: http://www.bareopera.org/decameron Stay fully up-to-date on Malena's website!  Music on this episode:  Malena Dayen sings Blizzard Voices by Paul Moravec New Airs Tango, Nostalgia  Moving Star improvisation New Airs Tango, Cielito lindo  About the On the Verge Series:   💋👁👂🏼 Website for the On the Verge blog, YouTube and podcast: https://onthevergetrilogy.com/ 💌Newsletter (best way to stay informed): https://mailchi.mp/79f46429dcce/operaontheverge 💋Blog: https://soprano-on-the-verge.blogspot.com/ 👁 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/operaontheverge 👂🏼Podcast: https://anchor.fm/convoontheverge 😇 Become a patron and gain access to "backstage" videos: https://steadyhq.com/en/opera-on-the-verge 🪙Tips: https://ko-fi.com/operaontheverge 🎵My "professional" self (not to be mixed with my On the Verge self): www. emakatrovas.com
54:18
February 26, 2021
Ep. 3: Miriam Gordon-Stewart (soprano, director, opera frontierswoman)
Miriam Gordon-Stewart is both a world class soprano and co-founder and artistic director of Victory Hall Opera, an artist-led opera troupe in Charlottesville, Virginia. While still an active soloist, she and two other singers turned away from what she calls the "arena" (i.e. the opera industry) to embark on what she calls the "frontier" (i.e. the world of independent creation). Miriam and I talk about the freedom and hard work of the opera frontier, about the stage magic that happens when singers get to lead, about the advantages, both personal and artistic, of having a close-knit performance troupe, and about upcoming projects, which include Unsung, a film that takes a raw look at the lives of opera singers and includes footage and music from Victory Hall Opera’s recording of La Traviata. It premieres online this February, 20201 - see link below for tickets!  Links:  Miriam Gordon-Stewart's website: www.miriamgordon.com Victory Hall Opera's Website: www.victoryhallopera.org Trailer for upcoming opera Fat Pig  Trailer for Unsung  Get virtual tickets for Unsung: https://victoryhallopera.ticketspice.com/unsung 🎵 Music:  Miriam Gordon-Stewart sings Berg's Wozzeck (Act 3 Scene 1) Miriam Gordon-Stewart sings Barber's /Knoxville, Summer of 1915 Overture to Verdi's La Traviata  About the On the Verge Series: 💋👁👂🏼 Website for the On the Verge blog, YouTube and podcast: https://onthevergetrilogy.com/ 💌Newsletter (best way to stay informed): https://mailchi.mp/79f46429dcce/operaontheverge 💋Blog: https://soprano-on-the-verge.blogspot.com/ 👁 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/operaontheverge 👂🏼Podcast: https://anchor.fm/convoontheverge 😇 Become a patron and gain access to "backstage" videos: https://steadyhq.com/en/opera-on-the-verge 🪙Tips: https://ko-fi.com/operaontheverge 🎵My "professional" self (not to be mixed with my On the Verge self): www. emakatrovas.com
55:24
February 15, 2021
Ep. 2: Julia Mintzer (mezzo-soprano, director)
Julia Mintzer is one of those artists who has been able to cultivate a dual career in more ways than one: first, she is both a performer and director. Second, she has worked on the "industry" side of opera as well as on "indie" projects. Julia and I talked about some of her directorial projects, about giving depth to two-dimensional operatic characters (especially soprano ones), performing in art galleries, her direction of the first fully-staged opera in London after the beginning of the pandemic, and the difference between directing for the stage and for video - among other things.    Julia Mintzer's website: http://www.juliamintzer.com/  Music:  "Si vuol di francia il rege" from Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) and prelude to Der Tod und das Mädchen (Schubert): http://www.juliamintzer.com/audio Excerpt from /Bread and Circuses: The Wrestling Opera/: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAuBPpTRZ1M La Bohème at Mass Opera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=datdy5oPEiE Carmen instrumentals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCrKncOpE7Q  Dana Varga's research into gender disparity in opera: https://theempoweredmusician.com/supply-and-demand-gender-disparity-in-opera-part-1/ About the On the Verge Series: 💋👁👂🏼 Website for the On the Verge blog, YouTube and podcast: https://onthevergetrilogy.com/ 💌Newsletter (best way to stay informed): https://mailchi.mp/79f46429dcce/operaontheverge 💋Blog: https://soprano-on-the-verge.blogspot.com/ 👁 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/operaontheverge 👂🏼Podcast: https://anchor.fm/convoontheverge 😇 Become a patron and gain access to "backstage" videos: https://steadyhq.com/en/opera-on-the-verge 🪙Tips: https://ko-fi.com/operaontheverge 🎵My "professional" self (not to be mixed with my On the Verge self): www. emakatrovas.com
50:18
February 1, 2021
Ep. 1: Omar Shahryar (composer, facilitator, peace maker)
Omar Shahryar calls himself a composer, facilitator and peace-maker. We talk about the meaning and importance of an education in the arts, letting go of the perfection and expectations drilled into academically-trained artists, re-thinking the idea of an audience and – don’t worry – we also talk about getting that all-important funding for indie projects.  Links:  Omar's website: http://omarshahryar.info/ Opera Schmopera's website: http://www.operaschmopera.co.uk/ Channel 4 News report on the children's opera Shoe Full of Stars: https://www.channel4.com/news/students-stage-opera-about-terrorism-threat Music on this episode:  NELV collective: "Trust the Person": https://soundcloud.com/user-126957820/trust-the-person Excerpts from the children's opera A Shoe Full of Stars (Words by Ed Harris Music by Omar Shahryar and students from North Huddersfield Trust School Ensemble: Dark Inventions Conducted by Christopher Leedham  Soprano: Lizzie Holmes Baritone: Neil Balfour) All 4 minutes of our improv are available to patrons of the On the Verge Series! You can sign up for a free trial here: https://steadyhq.com/en/opera-on-the-verge About the On the Verge Series: 💋👁👂🏼 Website for the On the Verge blog, YouTube and podcast: https://onthevergetrilogy.com/ 💌Newsletter (best way to stay informed): https://mailchi.mp/79f46429dcce/operaontheverge 💋Blog: https://soprano-on-the-verge.blogspot.com/ 👁 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/operaontheverge 👂🏼Podcast: https://anchor.fm/convoontheverge 😇 Become a patron and gain access to "backstage" videos: https://steadyhq.com/en/opera-on-the-verge 🪙Tips: https://ko-fi.com/operaontheverge 🎵My "professional" self (not to be mixed with my On the Verge self): www. emakatrovas.com
01:11:53
January 13, 2021
Pilot: Ema Katrovas (singer, host of Convo on the Verge)
In this episode, I introduce the podcast (why I started it and what I indent it to be) and tell my own life story so far.  Music on this episode:  Emma Earmes sings Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca  Leoš Janáček's String quartet No. 2 ("Intimate Letters")  Ella Fitzgerald sings "Fascinating Rhythm" (the Gershwins)  Jarmila Novotná sings "Ach synku, synku"  Ella Fitzgerald sings "Angel Eyes" (Matt Dennis)  "Maldau (Vltava)" by Bedřich Smetana  The "voices of the forest" scene (Act II) from Leoš Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen  About the On the Verge Series: 💋👁👂🏼 Website for the On the Verge blog, YouTube and podcast: https://onthevergetrilogy.com/ 💌Newsletter (best way to stay informed): https://mailchi.mp/79f46429dcce/operaontheverge 💋Blog: https://soprano-on-the-verge.blogspot.com/ 👁 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/operaontheverge 👂🏼Podcast: https://anchor.fm/convoontheverge 😇 Become a patron and gain access to "backstage" videos: https://steadyhq.com/en/opera-on-the-verge 🪙Tips: https://ko-fi.com/operaontheverge 🎵My "professional" self (not to be mixed with my On the Verge self): www. emakatrovas.com
22:56
December 29, 2020