Memphis Machine gets classy and goes to the Opera, Opera Memphis. We speak with Michael Sakir (conductor) and Ned Canty (director). These gentlemen are titans of opera and a joy to talk to. We have a very enlightening discussion about opera and its relevance in Memphis. Enjoy.
8:00 Ned’s philosophy of opera and music in general…and he is “trained in fear?” And oh those jaded hipsters.
11:45 Jonathan calls Ned out! “What, if any, is the difference between musical theatre and opera?” Ned expertly breaks this down for us.
17:09 You cannot say you have not heard opera. Michael Sakir!
20:20 An opera testimony. Opera Memphis promotes an open door environment. Come see an open rehearsal!!! Napoleon and opera?
26:14 Memphis musicians’ and vocalists’ roll in Opera Memphis and the life of an opera singer.
33:20 “Thirty Days of Opera”
38:45 “The Playground King”
43:25 The Summer Conservatory for Teens and other outreach
46:20 Omakase, staying relevant, and Memphis music and musicians in Opera Memphis.
55:10 Opera Memphis partners with…wait for it…the United States Department of Defense.
58:40 What are your hopes for Memphis
Ned’s TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1IzKcpPW3w