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Central City Opera Podcast

The Central City Opera Podcast introduces you to the movers and shakers of the Central City Opera Festival. Episodes feature interviews with principal and young artists, designers, directors, conductors, and other production staff. 

Central City Opera's 2019 season features the operas Madama Butterfly, Billy Budd, and a double-bill of The Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin. We'll release one to two episodes per week throughout our Festival (July 6 - August 6, 2019). The podcast is hosted by Emily Murdock, Associate Director of Education at Central City Opera.

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Jul 16, 2019

On this episode, I get to talk to tenor Cody Austin and baritone Troy Cook about their roles in Madama Butterfly. Cody is playing Lt. Pinkerton and Troy is Sharpless. Our conversation covers a lot, like the timelessness of this opera and how audiences can relate to it, and what it's like to sing highly...

SHOW NOTES: Cody Austin and Troy Cook, Principals in MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Jul 16, 2019

Hi folks, 

Welcome to the Show Notes page for Episode 5 of Season 4 of the Central City Opera Podcast. I actually sat down TWICE with tenor Cody Austin and baritone Troy Cook to complete this episode, because the power went out in the middle of our first interview, which erased the whole thing, and we had to start over!...

SHOW NOTES: Ken Cazan, director, and John Baril, conductor - BILLY BUDD

Jul 12, 2019

SHOW NOTES for Season 4, Episode 3: Ken Cazan, director, and John Baril, conductor - BILLY BUDD

What a privilege to sit down with the director and conductor of our production of Billy Budd - Ken Cazan and John Baril! It is so hard for our scheduler to find time for these interviews, and finding time to interview the...

SHOW NOTES: Season 4, Ep. 4 - Joshua Hopkins, Daniel Norman, and Kevin Burdette, Principals in BILLY BUDD

Jul 12, 2019

My tiny recording studio in the Teller House in Central City was certainly packed on the afternoon of July 7 when I interviewed Josh Hopkins, Dan Norman, and Kevin Burdette. But it was worth it! Our conversation was so much fun, and these guys are some of the smartest, friendliest, and funniest artists on the hill...

Jul 12, 2019

On this episode, I talk with the three leading men of Central City Opera's Colorado premiere of Billy Budd: our Billy Budd, baritone Joshua Hopkins; tenor Daniel Norman, singing Captain Vere, and bass-baritone Kevin Burdette, who is Master-at-Arms John Claggart. These three characters make up the heart of the...