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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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Jul 9, 2021

On this episode, Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi and Conductor/CCO Music Director John Baril discuss the details of this summer's production of Verdi's RIGOLETTO. John talks about the adjustments made the orchestra - including how he wrote a tuba part! - and Jose Maria tells us why and how the time period was modified to modern day. (Here's a hint - the weather is a factor.) The two also debate whether or not there is a "true villain" in the opera, and they share how the pandemic has changed them and the industry as a whole on a profound level. 

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