Breaking Glass

11 EpisodesProduced by The Glimmerglass Festival & WFMT Radio Network

Breaking Glass is a five-episode podcast that explores social justice through the lens of opera. Produced by the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and the WFMT Radio Network, this show challenges ideas of who opera is for and who should create it. Host Paige Hernandez and contributor Tazewell Thompson dis… read more

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Ep. 5: Is The Glass Broken?

December 3rd, 2018


We’ve spent four episodes talking about how new operatic shows are pushing the form forward. But is the invisible barrier keeping artists of color …

Coming Soon: Episode 5

November 19th, 2018


Coming up in episode five of Breaking Glass, we take a trip to Cooperstown, NY for the annual Glimmerglass Festival to explore how to make social change a bigger part of opera’s ongoing mission.

Look out for Episode 5 …

Ep. 4: The Art of Crisis: Migration, Refugees and the Creative Experience

November 5th, 2018


The idea of home looms large in the arts, popping up as a central theme in our favorite stories. But where does it fit into opera? Paige looks at how her own work and new opera performances wrestle with what home looks …

Coming Soon: Episode 4

October 22nd, 2018


Coming up in episode four of Breaking Glass, we will look at how opera performers, composers, and innovators are creating works of art that grapple with, and respond to, the world around them.

Look out for Episode 4 on …

Ep. 3: Taking it to the People: Breaking Glass as a Public Discourse

October 8th, 2018


The Glimmerglass Festival is presenting a series of public forums in nine cities around the country in 2018. From Atlanta to Seattle, New Orleans to Chicago, members of the Breaking Glass team, Glimmerglass artistic …

Coming Soon: Episode 3

September 24th, 2018


Do you ever think of everyone behind the scenes of your favorite opera? Hear what they have to say from Breaking Glass forums around the country.

Ep 2: Behind the Scenes: Casting, Programming & Opera Leadership

September 10th, 2018


Who will sing the roles, design the productions and tell the stories in opera in the 21st century? Paige and Tazewell crack open a ‘behind the …

Ep. 1: Opera, Race and Social Justice: An Introduction to Breaking Glass

August 4th, 2018


Once upon a time in America, the opera, like most things, wasn’t for everyone. But in the 21st century, some new shows are pushing the form forward to resonate more widely and deeply. Can opera rise out of its origins …

Coming Soon: Breaking Glass

July 13th, 2018


In the world of opera, there’s a powerful recurring image: someone sings a note so high that it literally breaks glass. Host Paige Hernandez and …

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