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Opera Reality

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Bobby goes solo for what will be the final podcast episode for the time being. Words of wisdom for the future and happy holidays! Thank you for listening! 
Bobby opens the show with why he feels there has been a significant decline in great voices over the last 25 years. David Salazar comes on to touch on that along with other opera-related news. Nicole discusses On-Site Opera's Amahl and the Nigh
Bobby returns to the OR just in time for the new format. Mysti Byrnes from Opera Louisiane comes on and chats about the petition and the point of view of opera companies. Megan Pachecano is invited on for an argument with Bobby. It's the new OR
Happy American Thanksgiving! 
The ladies and Lucas are joined by the delightful Briana Hunter to talk about Bare Opera's upcoming production! Other topics include: Marnie, Mefistofele, Hungarian National Opera, application fees, drinking chocolate, rap horns and Josh Groban
The ladies (and Lucas) take control and invite our buddy Megan Pachecano on the pod to discuss Met Chorus work, fach changes, freelancing, ghost stories (Halloween, duh), and our favorite musical moments. Bobby swore she'd never be on...but we'
While Bobby's away, the girls will...still do the podcast. Our buddy Lucas Levy is subbing in for good ol' Bob while he's off making opera noises. Nicole and Katie went into the world and saw opera! Keith Phares is with us to discuss new music,
On Bobby's last podcast (for a few weeks, don't get too excited) we discuss what it's like to be a woman in the industry - with many related tangents. Bobby has free reign to ask the ladies questions - what could go wrong? Come along, won't you
Roberto Kalb joins us to talk about his experience with auditions, moving from assistant conductor to the maestro's chair, and various other aspects of his professional life. Nicole saw an opera on the High Line. Katie is angry about not gettin
Brandon Neal joins the OR team to discuss his position with Santa Fe Opera and diversity in opera. You won't want to miss this interview. Nicole comes back to New York. (Shrugs) The three hosts are back together for the first time since the mid
Thank god for Weston Hurt. Weston Hurt came on and talked about being a singer with a disability and helping young singers with tips to guide them through their audition season. It was both informative and inspirational. Bobby, Nicole, and Kati
The OR returns. It may not be all about opera but it sure was fun. Danielle Pastin talks about her career and life. Nicole is suffering from Panda Express. Katie and Bobby tell Staten Island stories. Oh, and we cover the summer in opera... IT'S
Episode 30 is the end of season one! Donate to help the OR for season two here https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-or-help-you?sharetype=teams&member=105860&rcid=r01-152531936908-3628471392154340&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w - Geoffrey Agpalo discusses li
Episode 29 opens a major debate between the three OR hosts regarding the MONC. Josh Blue joins the podcast to speak about his experience singing in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finals. Marco Cammarota is this week's guest, discu
Episode 27 covers the turmoil with world-famous soprano Anna Netrebko. Caroline Koelker comes on and talks about her life as Executive Director of Opera Maine, formerly known as PORTopera. This is quite the OR, I do declare... ;) 
The OR talks singing in Germany with mezzo Jennifer Panara. Bobby rants about sharing food and drinks with colleagues as Katie tries to reason with him. Nicole is sick again. IT'S THE OR!!
Steven LaBrie joins us on the OR! Bobby is both overly complimentary and playfully combative. Steven talks about being a part of a festival season and how he found his way to opera. Nicole explains the shenanigans that happened in the audience
Episode 24 has guest Rachelle Pike on the program talking about moving to the United States and the process that goes into that move as a foreigner. Bobby comes up with headlines regarding a certain firing at the Met. Katie and Nicole take full
Episode 23 invites a great conversation with the wonderful Ellen Schlaefer who is from the University of South Carolina and is the general director of FBN Productions in Columbia, SC. Bobby, Katie, and Nicole discuss the top 25 operas performed
Opera Reality has the one and only Rob Ainsley as its guest. Rob speaks about his life, what he looks for in Young Artists for Washington National Opera's young artist program, and he discusses the American Opera Initiative. Eugenia Forteza and
Episode 21 is full of great stories, insight, and laughs with Maestro Thomas Muraco on the program. The O.R. adds a new co-host to the mix by bringing back Katie Papa. Nicole relaxes knowing her responsibilities have dropped even more. Bobby is
In this week's episode, Nicole and Bobby discuss the new Music Director at the MET; the new General Director, Artistic Director, and Music Director at Santa Fe Opera; and the new state of the art admin location for Seattle Opera. Of course, tan
In this episode, Bobby and Nicole discuss the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. The discussion gets very real as the role of a young artist program comes up; are they really servicing young artists? This week's guest is th
Nicole returns to the O.R.!!! She's back and is only giving 19% and being proud of it. Bobby complains about Tuba Day as a kid and Nicole claims that Bobby playing the tuba makes perfect sense. Bobby and Nicole then invite Theo Hoffman on the p
Bobby and Katie are back again this week to discuss 360 of Opera and Shoperatic with Eugenia Forteza. Dona Vaughn joins us in a two-part interview talking about how her career started and what led her to become not only a successful opera direc
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