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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 26, 2016

Week Four - Shaping the Opera Stars of Tomorrow

On this episode, we'll hear from two women in the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program: soprano Ashley Fabian, an Apprentice Artist, and mezzo-soprano Tatiana Ogan, a Studio Artist. The two take the stage together in The Ballad of Baby Doe as saloon girls Kate and Meg, and they're also sharing the role of the Shepherd Child in Tosca.

Ashley Fabian also appears as Betty Braswell in The Impresario, one of the 2016 one-act operas. On the first half of this episode, Ashley describes her various roles in this season's productions – and gives us a sample of Betty’s brassy Brooklyn accent! She tells us where she’s from, how she got into opera, what inspires her, the competition that permeates her chosen field, the uniqueness of living in a Central City Opera historic property – and the ghost that wakes up her and her housemates at 4:00 AM.

Mezzo-soprano Tatiana Ogan is back for her third summer at Central City Opera! She’s also a Colorado native from Fort Collins. In addition to her supporting roles in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Tosca, Tatiana appears as Estelle Ogelthorpe in Later the Same Evening, one of the 2016 one-act operas. She describes her athletic years as a child all the way into college – she competed in both Irish dancing and running – and how she gotten bitten by the opera bug as a kid, performing in a production of The Magic Flute at Loveland Opera Theater. Tatiana also tells us about her role in the one-act opera and her inspirations developing the character of a middle-aged New York woman, as well as how Central City Opera has influenced her as an artist and singer.  

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