EP7: La Boheme and Franco Zeffirelli

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.

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Posted on May 22, 2017 .

EP6: Cover Up: Racism in Opera Performance

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.

Posted on February 27, 2017 and filed under Grace Notes.

EP5: Hidden History: Black Composers

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.

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Posted on February 13, 2017 .

EP2: Russian Nationalism: From Patriotism to Suppression

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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.

Grace's Listening Notes for this episode
Scene from Shostakovich's Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk
Alexander Njevsky Cantata by Prokofiev 
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
Mike Pence at Hamilton

Posted on November 28, 2016 and filed under Grace Notes.