Hook, Push, & Pray
A PODCAST SHOP TALKIN' OPERA WITH NICHOLAS BROWNLEE
EPISODE 25: LEE ANNE MYSLEWSKI | VICE PRESIDENT, WOLF TRAP OPERA
On today's episode, I sit down with Wolf Trap Opera's Vice President, Lee Anne Myslewski. We discuss all things YAPs and how to become a successful young singer in this business. On a personal note, I went to Wolf Trap in 2013 as a YA and it was one of the best experiences of my life, so it was so fun to reminisce with Lee Anne about a place I adore so much. Such a fun conversation!
Find out everything she’s up to here: https://opera.wolftrap.org/
HOOK, PUSH, & PRAY
debuted in 2019, and has featured guests such as bass-baritone Samuel Ramey and Director of Artistic Administration at The Dallas Opera, David Lomeli. American opera singer Nicholas Brownlee began the interview podcast Hook, Push, & Pray to provide trenchant insight into the modern opera world, as only someone currently in the trenches could. He saw the need for a broader conversation about how exactly one becomes a working opera singer on the international opera scene today, and has covered topics as far ranging as “traditional” opera vs. modern conceptual productions, rehearsal room conduct, and dealing with mental health issues while on the road. His interview subjects have hailed from all around the world (Mexico, Ukraine, America, Germany, and Canada, to date). Hook, Push, & Pray has been in collaboration with the Richard Tucker Foundation as well as Modern Singer magazine.
is an internationally acclaimed young American opera singer currently based in Germany in the Ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Nicholas has made debuts at such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Atlanta Opera, The Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Israeli Opera and Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon. Nicholas is a 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand prize winner, 2016 first prize winner of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, 2016 winner of the Zarzuela prize at Operalia, and was awarded the 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant and 2017 Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
Episode 24: Hailey Clark
Episode 23: Alex Fletcher
Episode 22: Steven LaBrie
Episode 21: Marina Costa-Jackson
Episode 20: HPP Goes LIVE!
Episode 19: Derek Taylor
Episode 18: Jack Swanson
Episode 17: James Darrah
Episode 16: Sydney Mancasola
Episode 15: Zachary Altman
Episode 14: Jennifer Feinstein & Uliana Alexyuk
Episode 13: Rodrigo Porras Garulo
Episode 12: Matthew Anchel
Episode 11: Eleazar Rodriguez
On today's episode I sit down with one of my best buddies and an incredible artist, Hailey Clark. Like me and so many other crazy American singers, Hailey made the jump over to Europe and has found an immense amount of success here in Germany. We really get into the nuts and bolts of how to find your place in the German opera world. Also, it's just really nice to listen to someone as bright and hopeful as HC!
Episode 10: Samuel Ramey
Episode 9: David Lomeli Pt. 2
Episode 8: David Lomeli
Episode 7: Sara Gartland
Episode 6: James Darrah
Episode 5: Dorothea Herbert
Episode 4: Wallis Giunta
Episode 3: Cameron Becker
Episode 2: Jennifer Feinstein
Episode 1: Nicholas Brownlee
On today's episode I sit down with artist manager, Alex Fletcher. Alex has owned his own agency, Fletcher Artists, for over a decade and is one of the most respected managers in the opera world today. Incredibly insightful interview with great advice for singers at all stages of their career. Enjoy!!
In this episode, I sat down to talk with baritone Steven LaBrie— this is a great episode if you're feeling the quarantine blues (it comes in waves for me, personally). Steven is fun, dynamic, and full of life. Editing this episode instantly put me in a better mood, and I hope it will do the same for you.
On today's episode, I sit down with one of today's most in demand singers, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson. Part of a trio of singing sisters, we discuss what life's like when the family business is Opera.
. . . And we're live! Hook, Push, & Pray was featured in Wanted Dead of Alive: A Podcast!, a live podcast event in collaboration with the Opera League of Los Angeles. For this special taping, I was joined by a panel of guests including LA Opera's Christopher Koelsch and Josh Winograde.
On today's episode I sit down with extraordinary artist and incredible tenor, Derek Taylor. Derek shares his unorthodox path to opera and how he navigated his move to Europe. I had such a good time in this interview- thanks for stopping by, Derek!
We are back! On today’s episode, the first of the summer season, Nicholas sits down with world-class tenor and friend of the show, Jack Swanson. Tune-in for an in-depth interview discussing the mental, financial and technical challenges of being a modern, in-demand, opera singer.
HPP will be taking a two week summer pause but don't you worry, we will be revisiting two of the most exciting episodes ever. First up is this incredible interview with Director, James Darrah. Such a passionate, fun, INTENSELY opera-centered interview.
On this week's episode I sit down with star soprano, Sydney Mancasola. We talk about the difference between introverted and extroverted performers, lots of nerdy technique talk and her decades of violin study before she began singing.
On this week's episode I sit down with bass-baritone Zachary Altman - internationally acclaimed singer and long time friend - for a seriously heated debate about the state of opera. Settle in for an hour of scalding hot takes and aggressive insight.
On this week's episode mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein joins me to speak about her recent Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreises nomination and soprano Uliana Alexyuk and I sit down for a chat about how she went from Moscow to Karlsruhe via Houston.
On today's episode I sit down with Mexican tenor Rodrigo Porras Garulo!
Want to hear to two people be very excited about Opera?? On today's episode, I sit down with bass, Matthew Anchel for a wonderful conversation about the art form we love so much!
On today's episode, the first one of season two, I sit down with Mexican Tenor and colleague of mine at the Badisches Staatstheater Eleazar Rodriguez.
On today's episode, I had the incredible chance to sit down with the most recorded bass-baritone of the 20th century, Samuel Ramey.
Part two of my interview with David Lomeli. Apologies for poor audio quality- problem is now fixed for future episodes.
Buckle up folks... In this two part interview, I sit down with former world-class Tenor turned front office guru, David Lomeli. He shares his incredible story for this first time with the Hook, Push and Pray audience.
Soprano Sara Gartland joins me today for an incredibly honest and real interview about her life on and off stage.
On today's episode, Nicholas sits down with Director James Darrah to solve the world's problems and talk about opera a little.
On today's episode, Nicholas sits down with German Soprano, Dorothea Herbert, just before a performance of Der Freischütz.
On today's episode, Nicholas sits down with Mezzo-Soprano Wallis Giunta, to discuss working as an opera singer in Germany and beyond.
On today's episode, Nicholas sits down with American Tenor, Cameron Becker.
On todays episode, Nicholas sits down with his wife and colleague Jennifer Feinstein to discuss the opera singing lifestyle and singing in Germany.
A weekly show hosted by Opera Singer Nicholas Brownlee, covering topics across the wide-world of opera. This Episode covers working in Germany as a non-German.