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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 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 learned about how to play characters of another race without fear and with respect. We also talk about lighter things like “propography”  and the necessity of knee pads - and the more serious issues that the final scene of Madama Butterfly brings to the surface.


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