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(San Francisco, CA) - #Operatawk, a live storytelling project, returns to Periscope and Twitter this fall, launching a second season of organic conversation with opera professionals. Select #Operatawk conversations are now live on YouTube and BrandStoryNow, with future, live conversations launching later this month.
#Operatawk began in 2016 while attending Santa Fe Opera’s 60th anniversary season; my first broadcast shared positive, personal thoughts on productions seen that week. I quickly realized that a monologue driven by my opera POV probably was a good start but not my Periscope destination. After that first chat, #Operatawk evolved into a loosely outlined conversation with individuals working somewhere in the opera universe. Then as now, “opera professional” includes everyone onstage or in the pit performing, as well as members of the various opera armies who make a production, season, or company possible. Concerning those first few #Operatawk conversations, my sincere thanks to mezzo-soprano Diana Tash, soprano Kelli Butler, tenor Jonathan Blalock, and Lieder Alive!'s Cristin O'Keeffe. All remain generous, engaging, delightful, and critically important #Opertawk partners. Video highlights from these conversations will also be launched in October.
The following #Operatawks were originally broadcast live via Periscope and Twitter from WeWork Transbay in San Francisco (535 Mission Street). Click hyperlinks to watch now via YouTube.
#Operatawk | 5 with Opera Critic Paul Selar, September 23, 2016.
It was a great pleasure to chat with Twitter’s @OperaChaser aka Paul Selar. A once-upon-a-time architect who changed careers to pursue opera criticism, Paul is lucky enough to experience 80+ operas a year at some of the world's greatest houses. Paul and I discussed the genesis and day-to-day of his career, his ongoing training, and how we met on Twitter and then in real-life. Follow Paul on Twitter at @OperaChaser and visit the Operachaser blog here.
#Operatawk | 6 with Vocal Pedagogue Heidi Moss, November 1, 2016.
Science really is fun! A pleasure to discuss the physics, physiology & psychology of singing, Heidi's career in science, her life and career experience with Bell's Palsy, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music voice faculty work with adults and children. Fun Fact: Heidi's helped Googlers to sing! Follow @heidi_moss on Twitter and visit HeidiMoss.org.
#Operatawk | 7 with Scenic & Costume Designer Daniel Harvey, February 7, 2017.
Newly arrived in San Francisco from Melbourne, Australia, Scenic and Costume Designer Daniel Harvey shared his international body of work and creative process, discussing selections from his portfolio, including productions with Melbourne Opera, as well as those in collaboration with designers Leslie Travers, Tobias Hoheisel, and Christopher Oram. Daniel works, designs and collaborates in the Bay Area with San Francisco's Intersection for the Arts and Opera Parallèle. Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn and visit his website for a full bio, CV and portfolio.
Please look for #Operatawk alerts via @jamesjetsoften on Twitter. We look forward to showcasing more unique, authentic, and organic storytelling from the professionals who power opera in the Bay Area and beyond. JM
BrandStoryNow is a marketing training experience for classical artists and the C-Suite. Presented by James Mowdy, founder of BSPOKE LLC, with guest collaborators and presenters. BrandStoryNow empowers The Small Business of You through strategic brand storytelling and marketing ROI.
BrandStoryNow is a marketing training experience for opera and classical music artists and C-level professionals. Presented by James Mowdy, founder of BSPOKE LLC, with guest collaborators and presenters.