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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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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...

Jul 9, 2019

This summer is a very special summer at Central City Opera, and that’s because we are producing the Colorado premiere of Benjamin Britten’s grand opera Billy Budd. On this episode, I talk with the production’s director, Ken Cazan, and conductor, John Baril. What a conversation. Ken and John unpack the drama,...

Jul 5, 2019

On this episode, I talk to the two principal women in Madama Butterfly: Raquel González, who plays the title role, and Annie Rosen, who plays the role of Suzuki, Butterfly’s maid and companion. Raquel and Annie share how they develop the rapport necessary to portray this close relationship onstage and what they’ve...