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The opera podcast that demystifies the sometimes mystifying art form and helps listeners of all levels have a few laughs and garner a better understanding of opera.

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Opera news by opera singers for opera singers

I only recently came across this podcast (at around episode #83), and was delighted when I did. Young, working, and mostly American opera singers discuss current topics in the opera and music world, in an informal setting. This seems to be wherever host Michael Rice (baritone) ends up, and with whichever interesting people are around (otherwise they are linked by skype etc.). The commentary is intelligent for the most part, give or take a few errors in identifying composers of specific operas and some rank mis-pronunciation. What I appreciate most is that the participants have fun, and there is a high element of humour (the tone being set by Rice). This makes the podcast both interesting and amusing to listen to. It is also what earns it its 'Explicit' label, which might turn some people off, but shouldn't.

undoubtedly the best opera podcast

Listening as i do in the United Kingdom and attending regularly at Covent Garden, this podcast offers a frank, honest and genuinely entertaining view on what is going on in the opera world. It is broadcast from the States and has a slight bias to the Met, Chicago etc but its news items and topics that lead to discussion come from around the world. Wittily marshalled by Michael Rice there are a varied number of regular and "guest" contributors with backgrounds in professional operatic singing but don't let this put you off if like me you are not a pro but an opera lover as they have a very approachable style and the time to really explore a subject. I particularly like Oliver's Corner, a segment which looks a little more deeply into opera and singing styles and which is helpfully punctuated with recordings to support the subject. As another reviewer noted it has an "explicit" rating, but this shouldn't put other than the very prudish off. A nice mix of serious reflection and ribald humour.

Best podcast out there

A really great podcast that I look forward to avidly. There's great laugh-out-loud humour, a round up of opera news and educational analysis of recordings- their strengths and weaknesses.

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