Grace recounts a wonderful night at Portland Opera's La Boheme followed by some discussion of the opera's performance history, famed director Franco Zeffirelli, and the opera's new rhetorical relevance.
As part 2 of 2 in a Black History Month series, Grace talks about racism in opera's performance and writing examining two of opera's favorite works. She follows to share the thought of Soprano Alyson Cambridge, bass Soloman Howard, bass Kenneth Kellogg and mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, Tenor Russel Thomas, and Tenor Lawrence Brownlee on the issues of accessibility in the business. Content warning for racism, suicide and assault.
Grace Weaver does composer profiles on three African American composes as the first in of two episodes for Black History Month and follows onto why these composers deserve recognition year round.
As always, Grace has compiled a fantastic playlist of all of pieces mentioned in today's podcast. Make sure to check out our Patreon to support this show and the other podcasts Infinity Break puts together.
Freddie Mercury said:
"Ooh, I'll top the bill, I'll overkill. I have to find the will to carry on.
On with the show
On with the show
The show, the show must go on"
In this episode we talk about what can prevent a show from continuing, how musicians safeguard against that, and what society can do to help!
We all have our favorite holiday tunes, whether its Mariah Carey or J.S. Bach. Classical music has a standard list of holiday repertoire, and its full of great music! This episode, Grace shares her experience watching and listening to Handel's Messiah performed by the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Capella Romana.
We bet you weren't expecting this much an escalation from topic to topic were you? Today, Grace Weaver dives deep into history to talk about Russian Nationalist music and the clash between ideas and government. This episode focuses on the Russian nationalist movement and how it turned from voluntary patriotism to enforced doctrine which placed people's lives on the line. We'll stop Stalin' for time, on with the show.