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This Artistic Life

36 EpisodesProduced by Daniel WelchWebsite

This Artistic Life is a podcast for artists to share their journey, their inspirations, and their unique perspective from life outside the box. Anecdotal interviews and discussions about the daily adventures of professional artists. Previously known as the OperaBiz Podcast, This Artistic Life now fe… read more

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Episode 36: AUDITIONS IN THE MODERN AGE - Lee Anne Myslewski, VP Wolf Trap Opera

April 13th, 2021


Lee Anne sits down for a realistic discussion about rolling with Covid protocol punches and 21st-century trends in opera auditions. She's heard over …

Episode 35: CREATING A SOCIAL PLATFORM: Jennie Moser, CEO Stagetime

February 26th, 2021


From the opera stage to a creative studio to a brand new social platform, Jennie Moser (CEO Stagetime) is a creative who not only sees the gaps in …

Episode 34: LIVE MUSIC GOES DIGITAL (SORT OF) - Daniel Bennett, Jazz Musician & Composer

February 9th, 2021


Making waves during the pandemic protocols by playing live shows outdoors in NYC, recording his 9th studio album, and collaborating regularly, Daniel …

Episode 33: INSPIRATION & STYLE - Jeffrey Hargrave, Painter / Artist

January 23rd, 2021


Jeffrey Hargrave, a painter and visual artist in NYC sits down for a conversation about inspiration, creating a personal style, and the business of professional art.

Special Guest: Jeffrey Hargrave.

Episode 32: SUCCESS & MOTIVATION - Richard Carsey, Broadway Conductor

January 4th, 2021


Richard Carsey, Broadway Conductor, talks about his journey to the Broadway podium, career highlights, tour challenges, and working on one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera.

We touch …

Episode 31: CREATING A REALITY - Anne Dyas, Actor

December 11th, 2020


Anne Dyas, actor and long-standing staff performer/supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera talks about auditioning in the Big Apple, and life on the …

Episode 30: CREATIVE PROCESS - Mara Lieberman, Executive Artistic Director / Director

November 25th, 2020


With most of New York City's performing arts in shutdown, Mara Lieberman created a socially-distanced, outdoor, immersive production - Voyeur: The …

Episode 29: OPERA THEN & NOW - Ira Siff, MetOpera Broadcast Commentator

November 11th, 2020


Ira Siff has worn many hats in the opera industry since the 1960s. We chat through them all, a juxtaposition between mid-late 20th century opera and the present day, as well as his advice for emerging artists. Tales and …

Episode 28: Ana De Archuleta, Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists

February 6th, 2020


Jump into a conversation with Ana De Archuleta, where we discuss approaching managers, making statements in auditions, and the de-stigmatization of …

Episode 27: J. Patrick Raftery - Tenor

January 13th, 2020


J. Patrick Raftery and I sit down for a casual conversation while working together at Taos Opera Institute, June 2019. He shares insights about the ever-changing industry, his transition from baritone to tenor, and …

Episode 26: J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo

November 26th, 2019

<p>J&#39;Nai Bridges sits down for an informal discussion after her first day working at the Met on Akhnaten. We talk modern singer life, the legacy of Jessye Norman, and long-needed changes in the opera …

Episode 25: Karen Kamensek, Conductor

October 30th, 2019

<p>Making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, Karen Kamensek sits down to discuss her road to conducting, her …

Episode 24: Frederick Ballentine - Tenor

October 15th, 2019


<p>At the Met this season for Porgy and Bess as Sportin&#39; Life, Frederick Ballentine talks about playing the villain, on-stage community, and his advice for young singers.</p><p>Special …

Episode 23: Sidney Outlaw - Baritone

September 17th, 2019


<p>Sidney discusses the life of a modern singer, the joys of teaching, and his journey from seeing his first opera to a life on stage. Recorded March, 2019.</p><p>Special Guest: Sidney …

Episode 22: Andrew Ousley - PR

September 3rd, 2019

<p>Kicking off Season 2 of the OperaBiz podcast: PR guru Andrew Ousley joins the conversation for an informative talk about the state of social media for singers, what a PR firm actually does in classical …

Episode 21: Zachary James

June 11th, 2019


<p>From MT to opera, off to Broadway and TV, and now back on the opera stage again, Zachary James brings a unique and fresh perspective on the opera industry.</p><p>Special Guest: Zachary …

Episode 20: Susanna Phillips

May 28th, 2019


<p>Susanna Phillips, soprano, known to most MetOpera fans as Musetta in <em>La Bohème</em> (11 consecutive seasons). We talk …

Episode 19: Peter Szep: NY Opera Alliance / NY OperaFest

May 13th, 2019


<p>Peter Szep comes on to talk about what&#39;s happening in the NYC opera scene, chat about new works and premiers during NY OperaFest …

Episode 18: Lila Palmer, Librettist

April 29th, 2019


<p>Lila Palmer, librettist, comes on to discuss the side of the industry many people take for granted: the text. From creating new works, …

Episode 17: Timothy Myers, Conductor

April 15th, 2019


<p>Conductor Timothy Myers (Santa Fe, HGO, Washington National Opera, MNOp, et al.) sits down to discuss working on world premiers, the …

Episode 16: Allen Perriello

April 2nd, 2019


<p>Allen Perriello, Head of Music for MNOpera and Director of Glimmerglass Young Artist Program, hangs out for a great conversation during …

Episode 15: Episode 1010: Samantha Hankey

March 25th, 2019


<p>Get to know one of the Met&#39;s up and coming mezzos, on stage for 6 roles this 2018-2019 season: Samantha Hankey. We talk about …

Episode 14: Sam Snook: IMG Artists

February 18th, 2019


<p>Sam Snook, VP or Artist Management at IMG Artists chats about what a modern manager does, where he discovers his artists (or how best to approach managers you&#39;re interested in), and general industry …

Episode 13: Lucas Meachem

February 6th, 2019


<p>From singing with your own voice to his blog and social media engagement, baritone Lucas Meachem covers the ins and outs of being a modern singer.</p><p>Special Guest: Lucas Meachem.</p>

Episode 12: Ben Bliss

January 21st, 2019


<p>Ben Bliss, tenor, discusses his transition from Hollywood production to the Met stage, about tenacity, and the importance of knowing …

Episode 11: The Chautauqua Opera Company

January 7th, 2019

<p>Join The Chautauqua Opera Company&#39;s General &amp; Artistic Director (Steven Osgood) and administrative staff (Michael Berg and Sara Noble) in the &quot;studio&quot; for an in-depth look …

Episode 10: Dísella Lárusdóttir

December 11th, 2018

<p>Dísella Lárusdóttir - soprano - sits down for a couple beers and an educational chat about life working at the Met, being a mom, and her family &quot;band.&quot;</p>

"Described by The New …

Episode 9: SMSB: Why Follower Engagement is Important

December 4th, 2018


<p>For both a better follower experience, and as a way to beat the algorithm: here are some details on why follower engagement on social …

Episode 8: Clint Borzoni & John de los Santos

November 12th, 2018

<p>Clint Borzoni (composer) and John de los Santos (librettist/director) talk about the process of creating The Copper Queen, commissioned by Arizona Opera. From composing style to workflow to casting, the duo …

Episode 7: SMSB: How To - Twitter

November 12th, 2018


<p>How To: a brief guide to Twitter. This microbogging platform can be a powerful tool for artists.</p>

Episode 6: Christopher Maltman

October 29th, 2018


Christopher Maltman is a baritone presently starring in the MetOpera's Marnie, and is well known for his commanding presence, rich tone, and broad career throughout Europe and the USA.

We discuss how he ended up here, …

Episode 5: SMSB: Professional vs. Personal Accounts

October 23rd, 2018


<p>If singers are thinking of themselves as a business, should they treat their social media like one too? Should their accounts be …

Episode 4: Kirsten Chambers

October 13th, 2018

<p>Kirsten Chambers is a soprano known for her dynamic role portayals singing Strauss (The Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, …

Episode 3: Social Media Soundbite: What do I post when I'm only singing a few gigs a year?

October 9th, 2018

<p>&quot;What should I post to stay relevant when I&#39;m only singing a few gigs a year?&quot;</p>

Today we tackle …

Episode 2: Krysty Swann: Part 2

October 1st, 2018

<p>Krysty Swann is a mezzo-soprano, total nerd, and charismatic performer with credits that include Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, …

Episode 1: Krysty Swann: Part 1

September 28th, 2018

<p>Krysty Swann is a mezzo-soprano, total nerd, and charismatic performer with credits that include Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, …
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