This Artistic Life

PREVIOUSLY: OPERABIZ - This Artistic Life is a podcast for artists to share their journey, their inspirations, and their unique perspective from life outside the box.

About the show

This Artistic Life is a podcast for artists to share their journey, their inspirations, and their unique perspective from life outside the box. Anecdotal interviews and discussions about the daily adventures of professional artists. Previously known as the OperaBiz Podcast, This Artistic Life now features artists of all disciplines.

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  • Episode 36: AUDITIONS IN THE MODERN AGE - Lee Anne Myslewski, VP Wolf Trap Opera

    April 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Lee Anne sits down for a realistic discussion about rolling with Covid protocol punches and 21st-century trends in opera auditions. She's heard over 10,000 auditions and she offer great insight to all those making a first impression, even in digital auditions. From self-producing to saving auditions that go awry, this is a must-listen for young artists!

  • Episode 35: CREATING A SOCIAL PLATFORM: Jennie Moser, CEO Stagetime

    February 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 secs

    From the opera stage to a creative studio to a brand new social platform, Jennie Moser (CEO Stagetime) is a creative who not only sees the gaps in her industry, but develops solutions of epic proportions. We talk about what digital presence an artist really needs, the challenges and successes behind developing a social platform for the performing arts, and the idea of being a multifaceted creative.

  • Episode 34: LIVE MUSIC GOES DIGITAL (SORT OF) - Daniel Bennett, Jazz Musician & Composer

    February 9th, 2021  |  43 mins 28 secs

    Making waves during the pandemic protocols by playing live shows outdoors in NYC, recording his 9th studio album, and collaborating regularly, Daniel Bennett makes "all the world a stage." We talk about positivity, the fusion of digital culture and live music, and his advice to the next generation of musicians.

  • Episode 33: INSPIRATION & STYLE - Jeffrey Hargrave, Painter / Artist

    January 23rd, 2021  |  35 mins 43 secs

    Jeffrey Hargrave, a painter and visual artist in NYC sits down for a conversation about inspiration, creating a personal style, and the business of professional art.

  • Episode 32: SUCCESS & MOTIVATION - Richard Carsey, Broadway Conductor

    January 4th, 2021  |  50 mins 58 secs

    Richard Carsey talks about his journey to the Broadway podium, career highlights, tour challenges, and working on one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera

  • Episode 31: CREATING A REALITY - Anne Dyas, Actor

    December 10th, 2020  |  55 mins 36 secs

    Anne Dyas, actor and long-standing staff performer/supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera talks about auditioning in the Big Apple, and life on the stage in the Metropolitan Opera in a non-singing role.

  • Episode 30: CREATIVE PROCESS - Mara Lieberman, Executive Artistic Director / Director

    November 25th, 2020  |  50 mins
    director, nyc, outdoor, theatre

    With most of New York City's performing arts in shutdown, Mara Lieberman created a socially-distanced, outdoor, immersive production. We talk about producing during a pandemic and the creative process of working not just outside the box, but outside the theatre itself.

  • Episode 29: OPERA THEN & NOW - Ira Siff, MetOpera Broadcast Commentator

    November 10th, 2020  |  58 mins 43 secs

    Ira Siff has worn many hats in the opera industry since the 1960s. We chat through them all, a juxtaposition between mid-late 20th century opera and the present day, as well as his advice for emerging artists. Tales and memories abound.

  • Episode 28: Ana De Archuleta, Pres. & CEO of ADA Artists

    February 6th, 2020  |  48 mins 41 secs

    Jump into a conversation with Ana De Archuleta, where we discuss approaching managers, making statements in auditions, and the de-stigmatization of the "Slash" (side gig/day job) that is a necessity for young and emerging singers in the industry today.

  • Episode 27: J. Patrick Raftery - Tenor

    January 13th, 2020  |  58 mins 20 secs

    J. Patrick Raftery and I sit down for a casual conversation while working together at Taos Opera Institute, June 2019. He shares insights about the ever-changing industry, his transition from baritone to tenor, and anecdotes from his 4 decades in opera.

  • Episode 26: J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo

    November 26th, 2019  |  57 mins 50 secs

    J'Nai Bridges sits down for an informal talk after her first day working at the Met on Akhnaten. We talk modern singer life, the legacy of Jessye Norman, and long-needed changes in the opera industry.

  • Episode 25: Karen Kamensek, Conductor

    October 30th, 2019  |  53 mins 41 secs

    Making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, Karen Kamensek sits down to discuss her road to conducting, her collaboration with Philip Glass, and a largely European career. She shares her insights on Glass' music as well as a fresh perspective on life on the podium.

  • Episode 24: Frederick Ballentine - Tenor

    October 15th, 2019  |  35 mins 33 secs

    At the Met this season for Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life, Frederick Ballentine talks about playing the villain, on-stage community, and his advice for young singers.

  • Episode 23: Sidney Outlaw - Baritone

    September 16th, 2019  |  57 mins 31 secs

    Sidney discusses the life of a modern singer, the joys of teaching, and his journey from seeing his first opera to a life on stage. Recorded March, 2019.

  • Episode 22: Andrew Ousley - PR

    September 3rd, 2019  |  48 mins 59 secs

    Kicking off Season 2 of the OperaBiz podcast: PR guru Andrew Ousley joins the conversation for an informative talk about the state of social media for singers, what a PR firm actually does in classical music, and where he thinks this corner of the industry is going.

  • Episode 21: Zachary James

    June 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    From MT to opera, off to Broadway and TV, and now back on the opera stage again, Zachary James brings a unique and fresh perspective on the opera industry.

    Recorded on-location at Gebhard's Beer Culture on West 72nd.