December 20, 2011
The holidays are upon us, and what a busy time it has been for my life. Rehearsals at the MET, Handel's Messiah, a Christmas Benefit Concert with my wife, singing for several churches, and getting ready for Christmas with my family...whew. To top it all off, I'm uploading episode 40 of the podcast right now...and it is my Christmas gift to all the listeners of This Opera Life. Speaking of the podcast, a few people have visited this blog page and assumed that it is the podcast...to be clear, it is not! If you look on the navigation menu to the left, you'll see a button marked podcast. Remember, you can always subscribe for automatic updates via iTunes. To stay up to date with the details, you can join the facebook fan page for This Opera Life with Charles Reid podcast. Thanks for listening, and I'm looking forward to sharing many new artists with you in 2012!
October 3, 2011
As you can see by my multi-month lapse in blogging, I haven't done a great job at keeping up here. Why? The reason is simple...my podcast, This Opera Life with Charles Reid, is consuming all of my free internet time. In truth, I have been blogging...a lot...just not here. If you want to keep up with the finer details in my life, or concerning the podcast, their are two great places to do so:
1. Facebook - visit the facebook fanpage for the podcast (This Opera Life with Charles Reid podcast) and click on the 'LIKE' button! Doing this will place updates about the podcast and odds-n-ends from my life into your news feed.
2. Twitter - follow me on Twitter at @ThisOperaLife - here you will have the chance to read my random musings about life and the podcast.
I'm not saying that I'm entirely finished blogging on my website, but I just think these other two blog outlets are seeing more action these days!
June 1, 2011
Just in from a rehearsal at the Gulbenkian here in Lisbon. I'm so excited about the potential for greatness in this performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Watching Maestro Bertrand de Billy work his magic with the orchestra and being thoroughly impressed by an amazing chorus in last night's rehearsal...it all has the markers for a truly GREAT performance. I'm also pleased that baritone, Boaz Daniel sat down for a podcast conversation after the morning rehearsal. Our soprano, Adina Aaron will join me soon...and I'm hopeful that Bertrand will feel up to it as well. Good stuff!
May 31, 2011
It's been a few weeks since my last blog entry. Much has happened. I'm posting the new episode of the podcast tomorrow, Episode 9 with Mathew Edwardsen. But since Molly, two other episodes aired...Eduardo Valdes and Jonathan Green. I hope you managed to listen. The reason I haven't been blogging is time...I've been busy...writing now from Lisbon, Portugal. Two weeks ago I was singing a Dvorak 'Stabat Mater' in Stamford, CT, and I was visiting my family in Texas last week. Much travel. Here in Lisbon, I am enjoying the city, my colleagues, and the experience. We had our first rehearsals today. Everyone is quite good, but I have to say that this is one of the finest choruses I've ever heard, and I've heard a lot of good choruses. Bravo to the Gulbenkian!
May 11, 2011
Molly Fillmore is the guest on the sixth episode of This Opera Life. We went to school together at the University of Maryland at College Park. It's been years since our paths have crossed, but they crossed at the Metropolitan Opera where Molly is appearing in the 'Live in HD' broadcast this coming Saturday at a movie theater near you. In addition to her website, www.mollyfillmore.com - check out this link to Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils. Hope you enjoy the podcast...and don't forget to help out the show by giving the podcast a review on iTunes.
May 9, 2011
Just joined Twitter. I said I'd never get into the TWEET thing, but I'm reading on how to spread the word about the podcast and see that it might eventually help. If you are a Tweeter, you can follow the show @ThisOperaLife. I'm also getting Wednesday's show ready for release...it will be one of the cast members from the upcoming "Live in HD" Metropolitan Opera Broadcast. Lastly, I know that people are listening to the podcast because I'm getting feedback and see the download stats, but to date, no one has reviewed the show on iTunes. Reviews help generate awareness on iTunes...so if you like what I'm doing here, take a few seconds and help me out! Thanks...
May 4, 2011
Episode 5 of This Opera Life is mixing down as I write. My guest is a true Southern boy, bass-baritone, Jeffrey Wells. Jeff talks about his numerous professions, meeting his wife, performing with greats like Luciano Pavarotti, and much, much more. He is a regular at the Metropolitan Opera and has recorded three 'non-operatic' cds. Please visit his website for more information: www.jeffreywellsmusic.com. It has been a wild week for me. Now that my MET contract has come to an end, I'm faced with the upcoming performances and my wife's list of important things to accomplish around the house. We've done so much work, but it is the sort of work that creates even greater messes before getting to the finish line...here's to hoping the finish line isn't too far away! I've also started a diet...time to get in better shape! More to come on that topic. Tomorrow is my birthday...hmmm, great time to start a diet...
April 26, 2011
I'm sitting at my computer and mixing down the finished podcast for tomorrow. I decided to treat the listeners to a conversation with dramatic soprano, Lori Phillips. She talks about family, Rhode Island, singing Senta at the Met, and more. For this season, my work with the MET has come to an end...now on to lots of concerts before returning to the Bayreuth Festival. You can find Lori's website at www.loriphillips.com.
April 19, 2011 (Wednesday / Mittwoch)
The third episode of 'This Opera Life with Charles Reid' comes online today. I'm sitting down with the Danish baritone, Morten Frank Larsen. Morton debuted this season at the MET, but is often found in the city of Vienna singing with the Staatsoper and Volksoper. I bumped his episode up in the release schedule because everyone in the world has a chance to see him perform this weekend on the Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast of Richard Strauss' Capriccio. For more information, check out this link for the MET's Live in HD
April 18, 2011
Who knew...I came to my website today to add a little to this blog and discovered that the content of the blog AND the content of my performance schedule had vanished into thin air...yikes! It turns out that updating the website for the podcast resulted in some resets. So, if you came looking for information, I do hope you'll forgive the inconvenience! I should have everything updated again by the end of this week. In the meantime, I've got three interviews lined up for tomorrow in NYC...plus the second to last performance of Capriccio. A new episode should air on Wednesday...I just haven't decided for sure which one it will be! Some people have been sending me messages about the podcast (awesome...it's great to know someone is listening!) I still worry that the word hasn't spread well yet, so please tell your friends. It's available on iTunes (This Opera Life with Charles Reid) - or through this website (http://thisoperalife.charles-reid.com) - and as a fan page on facebook (This Opera Life with Charles Reid) - so tell your friends and check out these various sites.
April 13, 2011
Today marks the release of the second episode of 'This Opera Life with Charles Reid'. Peter McGillivray, a Canadian baritone, sits down and discusses many interesting things. In addition, he talks about his new cd: Summer Schemes with pianist Liz Upchurch. I hope you enjoy getting to know him a bit and will take a moment to visit his website (www.petermcgillivray.com) and get to know him more...or go see him perform somewhere soon! If you are wondering what the first episode of the podcast is, this will be my introductory episode...it is just taking extra time to get it together. Enjoy!