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behind the scene conversations

Hear true stories straight from the mouths of opera singers, directors, conductors, and more as they sit down to talk about life and career with host, Charles Reid on the TOL Podcast. Follow the show on facebook to stay up to date, feel free to comment there, or write to Charles directly at thisoperalife@hotmail.com. To learn more about Charles, visit www.charles-reid.com.

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Download TOL Ep061 Gregory Buchalter  05-29-2013 (49.09 MB)

TOL Ep061 Gregory Buchalter

  • From the movie FAME to the MET, Maestro Gregory Buchalter has been creating fantastic music in fantastic places his whole life. To follow his career: http://www.gregorybuchalter.com

Download TOL Ep059 Erie Mills  11-25-2012 (49.34 MB)

TOL Ep059 Erie Mills

  • Famous American soprano, Erie Mills, is now active in giving back - to young singers as a voice teacher - to professionals as a diction consultant with major opera companies. To learn more about her career: http://eriemills.com/

Download TOL Ep058 Mario Klein  05-09-2012 (46.1 MB)

TOL Ep058 Mario Klein

  • German bass, Mario Klein, is currently an ensemble member of the Staatstheater Kassel, and we met during our years at the Bayreuth Festival. To follow his career: http://www.klein-speyer.de/mario0.html

Download TOL Ep056 Jonathan Estabrooks  04-24-2012 (47.2 MB)

TOL Ep056 Jonathan Estabrooks

  • Young Canadian Baritone, Jonathan Estabrooks, is one to watch and a fellow podcaster about opera. To follow his career: http://www.facebook.com/estabrooksbaritone and for his video podcast, A Singers Life: http://www.youtube.com/user/jonathanestabrooks

Download TOL Ep054 Chris Murray PT TWO  03-26-2012 (47.09 MB)

TOL Ep054 Chris Murray PT TWO

  • Chris Murray, star tenor of the music theater scene in Germany, talks openly about the differences between opera and his world. If you missed Pt 1, go back to Ep053. To get cds or follow his career: http://chris-murray.de/

Download TOL Ep053 Chris Murray PT ONE  03-26-2012 (48.17 MB)

TOL Ep053 Chris Murray PT ONE

  • Chris Murray is a star in the music theater scene of Germany, the son and brother of famous opera singers, and someone who will challenge your perceptions. To follow his career or download his cds: http://chris-murray.de/

Download TOL Ep052 Joseph Trafton  03-25-2012 (49.98 MB)

TOL Ep052 Joseph Trafton

  • Young American conductor, Joseph Trafton, is one of the principal conductors at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. We met there and got to know each other on the podcast! To learn more about his career: http://joetrafton.com/

Download TOL Ep050 PT ONE Amy van Roekel  03-23-2012 (46.73 MB)

TOL Ep050 PT ONE Amy van Roekel

  • I've been good friends with soprano, Amy van Roekel ever since our days together in university. Her career has had many successes, but also faced many challenges. In this two-part conversation, she shares openly. To learn more: http://amyvanroekel.com/

Download TOL EP048 Rainer Zaun  03-13-2012 (41.79 MB)

TOL EP048 Rainer Zaun

  • I first sang with German bass-baritone, Rainer Zaun, in San Francisco. But it didn't end there, we met again in Mannheim, Bayreuth, and are now in Hagen singing Carlisle Floyd's 'Susannah'. This episode was recorded last summer in Bayreuth.

Download TOL Ep047 Dame Felicity Palmer  03-05-2012 (48.5 MB)

TOL Ep047 Dame Felicity Palmer

  • I had the fortune of having lunch with Felicity Palmer in the MET cafeteria one day, and she graciously agreed to come on the show. Don't miss this opportunity to hear her look back over her long career.

Download TOL Ep046 Burkhard Fritz  02-28-2012 (46.29 MB)

TOL Ep046 Burkhard Fritz

  • Burkhard Fritz joined the Meistersinger production for its last year in Bayreuth, but this year he's back in the title role of Parsifal! To follow his career: http://www.burkhard-fritz.de/

Download TOL Ep044 Brian Davis PART TWO  02-17-2012 (41.77 MB)

TOL Ep044 Brian Davis PART TWO

  • This is the second part of the interview with Brian Davis. In this episode, things get a little more personal. To keep tabs on Brian's career: http://home.earthlink.net/~bdopera/

Download TOL Ep041 Phelim McDermott  01-20-2012 (49.82 MB)

TOL Ep041 Phelim McDermott

  • Phelim McDermott, director of the MET's productions of Enchanted Island and Satyagraha, shares wonderful ideas in this conversation. Phelim is also known for directing The Addams Family and for the acting company he co-founded: http://www.improbable.co.uk

Download TOL Ep039 Maximilian Schmitt  12-14-2011 (48.24 MB)

TOL Ep039 Maximilian Schmitt

  • Former Regensburger boy soprano, Maximilian Schmitt, has been making his way for some time as a tenor in oratorio, lieder, and opera. Charles and Max sang together in Mannheim and now sit down to learn a bit more about each other on the podcast.

Download TOL Ep038 Markus Eiche PART TWO  12-07-2011 (47.55 MB)

TOL Ep038 Markus Eiche PART TWO

  • I first met German baritone, Markus Eiche, in Mannheim Germany, then worked with him in Bayreuth, he moved on to Vienna, soon goes to Munich, and just started teaching in Zurich. To learn more: http://www.badix.ch/vocbari-b/eiche/eiche.html

Download TOL Ep037 Markus Eiche PART ONE  12-06-2011 (44.27 MB)

TOL Ep037 Markus Eiche PART ONE

  • I first met German baritone, Markus Eiche, in Mannheim Germany, then worked with him in Bayreuth, he moved on to Vienna, soon goes to Munich, and just started teaching in Zurich. To learn more: http://www.badix.ch/vocbari-b/eiche/eiche.html

Download TOL Ep032 Caroline Whisnant  11-02-2011 (47.38 MB)

TOL Ep032 Caroline Whisnant

  • Great friends and long time colleagues, Caroline and Charles do a podcast episode in her new hometown, Wiesbaden. To follow her career: http://www.carolinewhisnant.com/

Download TOL Ep029 Edna Prochnik  10-10-2011 (42.75 MB)

TOL Ep029 Edna Prochnik

  • Edna and Charles catch up during a return visit to Mannheim, where she is currently a member of the ensemble. To follow her career: http://guybarzilayartists.com/artist.asp?ID=23

Download TOL Ep027 Edward Randall PART TWO  09-28-2011 (41.1 MB)

TOL Ep027 Edward Randall PART TWO

  • This is the 2nd of a two-part interview, see Episode 26 for the first half. Here, Edward discusses life in former East Berlin, Love, and career. To follow his career: http://edwardrandall.com/start.htm

Download TOL Ep026 Edward Randall PART ONE  09-28-2011 (41 MB)

TOL Ep026 Edward Randall PART ONE

  • The first of a two-part podcast, Edward Randall shares wonderful stories about his life in this world of opera. He's recently added the job of Professor of Voice in Dresden: http://www.hfmdd.de/ - or for his career info: http://edwardrandall.com/start.htm

Download TOL Ep023 Robert Crowe  09-07-2011 (49.14 MB)

TOL Ep023 Robert Crowe

  • Robert Crowe and Charles have crossed paths many times in their career, surprising since he is a male soprano, one of only a few in the world. To follow his career, visit: http://robertcrowe.weebly.com/

Download TOL Ep022 Adina Aaron  08-31-2011 (46.27 MB)

TOL Ep022 Adina Aaron

  • Charles has the pleasure of singing with Adina in Lisbon, Portugal. To follow her career: http://www.lewin-management.com/artists/12_Adina+Aaron

Download TOL Ep021 Sebastian Weigle  08-24-2011 (41.95 MB)

TOL Ep021 Sebastian Weigle

  • Maestro Sebastian Weigle and Charles have a fun chat while bringing their five years together in Bayreuth to a close. To follow his career, visit www.sebastianweigle.com

Download TOL Ep020 Camilla Nylund  08-16-2011 (46.74 MB)

TOL Ep020 Camilla Nylund

  • http://www.camillanylund.com/ Charles and Camilla are thrilled to discover that they had not only met before, they had even performed together in close proximity!

Download TOL Ep019 Adrian Eroed  08-10-2011 (44.55 MB)

TOL Ep019 Adrian Eroed

  • Adrian and Charles chat about life and career while working together in Bayreuth

Download TOL Ep016 James Rutherford  07-19-2011 (46.67 MB)

TOL Ep016 James Rutherford

  • Kicking off a series of Bayreuth Festival interviews, James talks about his life and making friends with Hans Sachs.

Download TOL Ep015 Boaz Daniel  07-13-2011 (47.77 MB)

TOL Ep015 Boaz Daniel

  • While in Lisbon, Boaz and Charles have a great time talking on the podcast.

Download TOL Ep013 Michael Corvino  06-29-2011 (48.15 MB)

TOL Ep013 Michael Corvino

  • A few years after singing in Rigoletto together, Michael and Charles are together again...this time at the Metropolitan Opera.

Download TOL Ep011 Pamela Armstrong  06-15-2011 (40.61 MB)

TOL Ep011 Pamela Armstrong

  • Pamela chats with Charles about her soap opera life!

Download TOL Ep008 Jonathan Green  05-24-2011 (42.26 MB)

TOL Ep008 Jonathan Green

  • Jonathan Green talks about his life as a character tenor and photographer.

Download TOL Ep007 Eduardo Valdes  05-18-2011 (48.71 MB)

TOL Ep007 Eduardo Valdes

  • Full-time Principal Artist at the MET - Eduardo Valdes

Download TOL Ep006 Molly Fillmore  05-15-2011 (44.82 MB)

TOL Ep006 Molly Fillmore

  • Molly Fillmore is this weeks guest on This Opera Life with Charles Reid

Download TOL Ep004 Lori Phillips  04-27-2011 (43.73 MB)

TOL Ep004 Lori Phillips

  • Lori Phillips has a conversation with Charles Reid about her life and career.

Download TOL Ep002 Peter McGillivray  04-13-2011 (45.09 MB)

TOL Ep002 Peter McGillivray

  • Canadian baritone, Peter McGillicray sits down with Charles Reid for a fun conversation. He talks about his new cd, a Canadian point of view, and much more. Please visit his website: www.petermcgillivray.com

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