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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.

To find out more about Central City Opera and to buy tickets, visit CentralCityOpera.org.

Jul 31, 2018

On this episode, meet baritone Curt Olds, here this season for our special performances of ENCORE - A MUSICAL REVUE on August 8, 9, and 11. Curt has a long history with Central City, last seen with the company as Frank Schultz in SHOW BOAT in 2013. Still performing nationally, he is also a director, producer, and artist...


Jul 27, 2018

On this episode, we go behind the scenes to the props department. Properties Master Kurt Tiede takes us into this fascinating area and tells us the secrets of props you’ll see onstage this season at Central City Opera. He also shares how he has to know something about everything that happens on and off stage, from the...


Jul 24, 2018

On this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing the mayor of Central City, Kathryn Heider. The first woman mayor of the 159-year-old town, Kathy shares how she got involved in city government, some cool stories about Central City and the historic home she lives in, how the opera and the city co-exist, and...


Jul 20, 2018

On this episode, meet bass-baritone (and my long-time friend) Ashraf Sewailam. Making his debut in our opera house this summer, Ashraf performs the roles of The Speaker in THE MAGIC FLUTE and Ferrando in IL TROVATORE. He tells us about these characters and their significance in the overall story arc of the operas, as...


Jul 17, 2018

On this episode, we meet our Queen of the Night and Sarastro, principals in THE MAGIC FLUTE. Soprano Jeni Houser and bass Kevin Langan share their ideas of who these enigmatic characters are and how they are interpreted in this production. Jeni reveals how she approaches singing such famous music, and Kevin unpacks the...