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Opera Box Score

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America's talk radio show about opera. Period.

Latest Episodes

COT, ALANA, FTW!

The OBS crew join the ‘Hometown Team’ and chat live in-studio with Ashley Magnus, the General Director of Chicago Opera Theater... In ‘Chalk Talk’, the panel walks you through an article in the “Washington Post” that argued “to save opera, let it die”... In the 'Two Minute Drill', Giordani leaves too soon and Domingo leaves too late... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

62 MIN1 weeks ago
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COT, ALANA, FTW!

James Darrah & Remembering Jessye Norman!

An OBS duo remembers Jessye Norman, who died Monday at age 74, going through some of their favorite performances from the famed soprano to talk about what makes her great... Oliver goes 'Inside the Huddle' with director James Darrah, whose production of Handel's "Semele" just closed at Festival O19... In ‘The Two Minute Drill’, the fallout from the Domingo scandal continues... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

63 MIN2 weeks ago
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James Darrah & Remembering Jessye Norman!

OBS at O19!

Oliver and Tobias return from a weekend at Festival O19 at Opera Philadelphia. You’ll get their hot takes on the shows they saw, plus testimonials from audience members that our boys tackled in the lobby, a double interview with Opera Phila’s New Works Administrator Sarah Williams and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and, most importantly, find out who drank too much from the hotel minibar... In ‘The Two Minute Drill’, the Met season starts tonight, as well as AGMA and NYCO heading for blows... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

58 MIN2 weeks ago
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OBS at O19!

Samuel Hasselhorn!

The OBS-ers go ‘Inside the Huddle’ with the Samuel Hasselhorn, with the German baritone talking to Oliver about winning the Queen Elizabeth competition and what it's like to have a Fest contract at the Wiener Staatsoper... But first, in ‘Chalk Talk’, the team continues the conversation about sexual harassment and the abuse of power in opera, with reference to Schmopera.com’s recent call for stories about abuse and assault in the world of classical music... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, there’s a new Music Director coming to Lyric Opera of Chicago... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

63 MINSEP 18
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Samuel Hasselhorn!

Anthony Roth Costanzo!

Season 5 starts with Oliver going ‘Inside the Huddle’ with the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Philip Glass’s “Akhnahten”, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo... American soprano Kathyrn Lewek shamed the critics that shamed her last week. Mic drop! Plus, a recap the fall out of the allegations of sexual assault against famed tenor Plácido Domingo... The OBS’s newest cohost, Ashlee Hardgrave, shares one of the operas on her ‘must-see’ list for the coming season… In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, critics complain about English National Opera, but not about a production... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

64 MINSEP 11
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Anthony Roth Costanzo!

Marisol Montalvo!

The three-hour epic season finale concludes! Our live listeners on WNUR 98.3 FM Chicago got it all in one fell swoop, while our podcast listeners get this marathon show split up into three one-hour releases on August 13, 20 and 27… In Part III, Oliver goes 'Inside the Huddle' with American soprano Marisol Montalvo... Then, Oliver and Matt battle it out in a mad scene 'T.K.O.' with George and guest co-host conductor Anthony Barrese picking a winner... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

61 MINAUG 28
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Marisol Montalvo!

OBS Scout Report!

The three-hour epic season continues! Our live listeners on WNUR 98.3 FM Chicago got it all in one fell swoop last week, while our podcast listeners get this marathon show split up into three one-hour releases on August 13, 20 and 27… In Part II, the Fab Five OBS guys - along with guest co-host conductor Anthony Barrese - each confess about one production they just HAVE to see in the upcoming season… Plus Barrese throws a wild pitch and inducts an opera score into the HOF… www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

58 MINAUG 21
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OBS Scout Report!

Patricia Racette!

The three-hour epic season finale begins! Our live listeners on WNUR 98.3 FM Chicago got it all in one fell swoop, while our podcast listeners get this marathon show split up into three one-hour releases on August 13, 20 and 27… In Part I, the Fab Five OBS guys - along with guest co-host conductor Anthony Barrese - get into a ‘Chalk Talk’ segment about protests at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music... George goes ‘Inside the Huddle’ with American soprano and director Patricia Racette... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, one sexual assault case in Operaland is apparently settled, while another one apparently gets even worse... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

61 MINAUG 14
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Patricia Racette!

Michelle DeYoung!

Oliver goes ‘Inside the Huddle’ with two-time Grammy award winner mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.... But first, in ‘Chalk Talk’, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton blends her musical activities with frankly stated positions on social and political issues... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, two summertime young artist programs take new directions... Guest co-host guest Ashlee Hardgrave joins the OBS nuts for the whole show, and they take a phone call from a listener... Next time, it could be you! Plus, don't miss the 3-hour epic live show on August 12 starting at 7 pm CT... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

60 MINAUG 7
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Michelle DeYoung!

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow!

It's an exclusive interview with Thor! Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, that is. Oliver goes 'Inside the Huddle' with the God of Thunder - or at least the orchestra pit - to talk about what young singers need to succeed in the 21st century... It’s another summertime HOF on the OBS. Matt decides who gets to join what is fast becoming the most prestigious opera honorarium in audio media... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, soprano Tamara Wilson drops out of Verdi's 'Aida' for a pretty important reason, the opera 'Prism' wins again, and the Operalia winners get lots of money... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com

62 MINJUL 31
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Conductor Gary Thor Wedow!

Latest Episodes

COT, ALANA, FTW!

The OBS crew join the ‘Hometown Team’ and chat live in-studio with Ashley Magnus, the General Director of Chicago Opera Theater... In ‘Chalk Talk’, the panel walks you through an article in the “Washington Post” that argued “to save opera, let it die”... In the 'Two Minute Drill', Giordani leaves too soon and Domingo leaves too late... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

62 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
COT, ALANA, FTW!

James Darrah & Remembering Jessye Norman!

An OBS duo remembers Jessye Norman, who died Monday at age 74, going through some of their favorite performances from the famed soprano to talk about what makes her great... Oliver goes 'Inside the Huddle' with director James Darrah, whose production of Handel's "Semele" just closed at Festival O19... In ‘The Two Minute Drill’, the fallout from the Domingo scandal continues... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

63 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
James Darrah & Remembering Jessye Norman!

OBS at O19!

Oliver and Tobias return from a weekend at Festival O19 at Opera Philadelphia. You’ll get their hot takes on the shows they saw, plus testimonials from audience members that our boys tackled in the lobby, a double interview with Opera Phila’s New Works Administrator Sarah Williams and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and, most importantly, find out who drank too much from the hotel minibar... In ‘The Two Minute Drill’, the Met season starts tonight, as well as AGMA and NYCO heading for blows... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

58 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
OBS at O19!

Samuel Hasselhorn!

The OBS-ers go ‘Inside the Huddle’ with the Samuel Hasselhorn, with the German baritone talking to Oliver about winning the Queen Elizabeth competition and what it's like to have a Fest contract at the Wiener Staatsoper... But first, in ‘Chalk Talk’, the team continues the conversation about sexual harassment and the abuse of power in opera, with reference to Schmopera.com’s recent call for stories about abuse and assault in the world of classical music... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, there’s a new Music Director coming to Lyric Opera of Chicago... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

63 MINSEP 18
Comments
Samuel Hasselhorn!

Anthony Roth Costanzo!

Season 5 starts with Oliver going ‘Inside the Huddle’ with the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Philip Glass’s “Akhnahten”, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo... American soprano Kathyrn Lewek shamed the critics that shamed her last week. Mic drop! Plus, a recap the fall out of the allegations of sexual assault against famed tenor Plácido Domingo... The OBS’s newest cohost, Ashlee Hardgrave, shares one of the operas on her ‘must-see’ list for the coming season… In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, critics complain about English National Opera, but not about a production... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

64 MINSEP 11
Comments
Anthony Roth Costanzo!

Marisol Montalvo!

The three-hour epic season finale concludes! Our live listeners on WNUR 98.3 FM Chicago got it all in one fell swoop, while our podcast listeners get this marathon show split up into three one-hour releases on August 13, 20 and 27… In Part III, Oliver goes 'Inside the Huddle' with American soprano Marisol Montalvo... Then, Oliver and Matt battle it out in a mad scene 'T.K.O.' with George and guest co-host conductor Anthony Barrese picking a winner... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

61 MINAUG 28
Comments
Marisol Montalvo!

OBS Scout Report!

The three-hour epic season continues! Our live listeners on WNUR 98.3 FM Chicago got it all in one fell swoop last week, while our podcast listeners get this marathon show split up into three one-hour releases on August 13, 20 and 27… In Part II, the Fab Five OBS guys - along with guest co-host conductor Anthony Barrese - each confess about one production they just HAVE to see in the upcoming season… Plus Barrese throws a wild pitch and inducts an opera score into the HOF… www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

58 MINAUG 21
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OBS Scout Report!

Patricia Racette!

The three-hour epic season finale begins! Our live listeners on WNUR 98.3 FM Chicago got it all in one fell swoop, while our podcast listeners get this marathon show split up into three one-hour releases on August 13, 20 and 27… In Part I, the Fab Five OBS guys - along with guest co-host conductor Anthony Barrese - get into a ‘Chalk Talk’ segment about protests at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music... George goes ‘Inside the Huddle’ with American soprano and director Patricia Racette... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, one sexual assault case in Operaland is apparently settled, while another one apparently gets even worse... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

61 MINAUG 14
Comments
Patricia Racette!

Michelle DeYoung!

Oliver goes ‘Inside the Huddle’ with two-time Grammy award winner mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.... But first, in ‘Chalk Talk’, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton blends her musical activities with frankly stated positions on social and political issues... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, two summertime young artist programs take new directions... Guest co-host guest Ashlee Hardgrave joins the OBS nuts for the whole show, and they take a phone call from a listener... Next time, it could be you! Plus, don't miss the 3-hour epic live show on August 12 starting at 7 pm CT... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com www.wnur.org/popup

60 MINAUG 7
Comments
Michelle DeYoung!

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow!

It's an exclusive interview with Thor! Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, that is. Oliver goes 'Inside the Huddle' with the God of Thunder - or at least the orchestra pit - to talk about what young singers need to succeed in the 21st century... It’s another summertime HOF on the OBS. Matt decides who gets to join what is fast becoming the most prestigious opera honorarium in audio media... In the ‘Two Minute Drill’, soprano Tamara Wilson drops out of Verdi's 'Aida' for a pretty important reason, the opera 'Prism' wins again, and the Operalia winners get lots of money... www.facebook.com/OBSCHI1 www.operaboxscore.com

62 MINJUL 31
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Conductor Gary Thor Wedow!