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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.  The podcast is hosted and edited by Emily Murdock, Director of Education & Community Engagement at Central City Opera.

Season 7 features the productions of the 2022 Summer Festival: Guettel's THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS, and Heggie's TWO REMAIN. Make sure you're subscribed on your podcast app of choice to get the latest episodes delivered directly to your device.

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Aug 2, 2016

Week Five - Getting to Know You (Better)

Brian Cook has been playing viola in the Central City Opera Orchestra for 20 seasons. He loves being a pit musician, and on this episode, you’ll find out why. Brian shares his entertaining take on the different personalities in the orchestra, what it’s like being conducted by his husband, John Baril, and how knowing what’s happening on stage helps him be a better musician. Brian is also a perfect example of “following your bliss” – he shares with us all the different paths he’s taken in life, with the viola always being the constant.

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