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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.

SHOW NOTES: Season 4, Ep. 9 - Spotlight on the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program

Jul 30, 2019

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is a national model for the professional development of young singers. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty in 1978, the rigorous 10-week program integrates daily opera training in diction, movement, stage combat, acting, stage technique, individual coaching and role study; and sessions in career management with rehearsals and opera performance opportunities in the summer’s main stage and additional festival productions.

The program, which selects 30-32 participants from nearly 1,000 applicants each year, has provided valuable voice training for many of America’s most notable young opera professionals, including Denyce Graves, Alan Held, Cynthia Lawrence, Margaret Lattimore, Mary Mills, Emily Pulley, Greg Turay, Latonia Moore, Matthew Polenzani, Jesus Garcia, Chad Shelton, Daniel Belcher, and Celena Shafer. View the full list of past young artists.

I chose to interview three current Apprentice Artists - soprano Caitlin Crabill, baritone Matthew Peterson, and soprano Véronique Filloux - and one graduate of the program, tenor and Developing Artist Jonas Hacker. Each of them shared how the program has impacted them, plus details about their experiences this summer and what’s on their current playlist and watchlist. (Because, why not…)

Caitlin Crabill 


Caitlin is the cover (understudy) for Cio-cio-san in Madama Butterfly this summer, singing the role in the Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee on July 30th. That is TODAY - the same day that this episode was released! I can’t wait to see her in the role. She’s also in the chorus of the Debussy/Poulenc double-bill (see the super-creepy photo below - she’s the tallest one on the left.) Caitlin is a genuinely lovely person and I know she’s got quite the career in front of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @caitlincrabill.

Photo by Amanda Tipton

Jonas Hacker 

If you listened to the episode, you heard that Jonas is actually a Developing Artist this summer - he was last in the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program in 2013. Oftentimes people forget that the “in-between” stage of going from young artist program contracts to principal contracts is a unique challenge, and I was eager to hear Jonas’s story. His performance as the Novice in Billy Budd is SO compelling - this guy is one to watch. Follow his career on his website, and listen to some of Jonas’s favorites: Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead.

Photo by Amanda Tipton

Matthew Peterson

Matt is doing A LOT this summer - covering the roles of Billy Budd and Yamadori and performing the role of the Novice's Friend, a secondary role in Billy Budd. Wow! If you came to our production of Acis and Galatea last summer, you’ll remember him as the monster.  

Photo by Amanda Tipton 

Matt mentioned a few Youtube videos that are on his watchlist, and I’ve linked a couple of them below:

Matt’s got quite a career ahead of him. Make sure to keep up on what he’s doing by following his website. I mentioned a couple times that he has performed with CCO’s Education programs as a Touring Artist. He’s headed to Yale this fall, and we will certainly miss him.

Véronique Filloux

Last, but certainly not least, is Apprentice Artist Véronique Filloux. She stars in the double-bill of Debussy’s The Blessed Damozel and Poulenc’s Litanies to the Black Virgin. Here's a production photo of her in character (complete with blonde wig!):

Photo by Amanda Tipton

 

But as mentioned on the episode, she was here last year, too, in a prominent role - Papagena in The Magic Flute

 

Photo by Amanda Tipton

Véronique mentioned that Sara Bareilles’ new album, Amidst the Chaos, and the band Lake Street Dive are on her playlist. Check out those artists here and here. Keep up on this promising young soprano’s career on her website. 

That’s it for this episode’s show notes! See all these incredibly talented singers this summer at the 2019 Festival, now through August 6, 2019. Buy tickets at centralcityopera.org. 

-Emily Murdock, Host & Producer