The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast

The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast

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Guys, Everything Will Be Okay. It’s just a pandemic that has closed the entire performing arts industry. Cancelled gigs & online opera are apparently the new normal, and singers just can’t help speaking moistly. Jenna Simeonov, creator of Schmopera and host of The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast, is checking in with out-of-work artists. https://schmopera.com/


Asitha Tennekoon: The Grand Finale
Sep 22 • 64 min
Great singer, provocative writer, man with great ideas: host Jenna Simeonov closes the first season of the podcast by chatting with the very awesome Asitha Tennekoon. Read his stuff, & join the revolution: http://www.wandelprobe.com/blog/…
Valhalla Media: I Want To See Fifteen Chins
Sep 14 • 62 min
On this episode: online opera! Jenna kind of hates it. But she hates it less after talking with the fab folks behind Valhalla Media, Alexandra Lo Bianco and Nikolas Wenzel. They’re taking 2020’s lemons and turning it into lemonade, complete with great…
Anne Midgette: Art Is Not the Institutions
Aug 31 • 69 min
A big-topic chat with Anne Midgette, folks! For this episode, host Jenna Simeonov chats with the writer and critic with one of the most influential voices in today’s music journalism. A little COVID closures, a little #metoo, a little opera racism… did I…
Rihab Chaieb: Spices and Knives and Hives
Aug 18 • 63 min
Tunisian-born, Montréalaise mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb is one of those hustlers of the opera industry. That is, until it all hit the pause button. Jenna chats with Rihab - they’re friends IRL, by the way - about apartment shopping in a pandemic, the…
Beth Morrison Projects: I Don’t See the Death Knell For Opera
Aug 3 • 63 min
In a special episode of the pod, host Jenna Simeonov chats with two women of the thrilling production company, Beth Morrison Projects. Executive Director Jecca Barry and President/Creative Producer Beth Morrison talk about what it means to produce…
Bryan Register: I Was Gonna Be A Greeter At Walmart But I’m Too Mean
Jul 20 • 67 min
Bryan Register is a between-gigs American Heldentenor, currently stressed out by the fact that he’s in Myrtle Beach, SC, and the beaches are open. Jenna has a reunion of sorts in this chat, remembering the last time she spoke with Bryan, in his utterly…
Othalie Graham: Everything Has To Be Different
Jul 14 • 60 min
Othalie Graham is a total force. The Canadian soprano is known for big, grand roles like Turandot, Minnie, and Aida, and she carries an almost operatic type of wisdom in her interviews. Othalie was one of Jenna’s first major interviews for Schmopera, and…
Erin Morley: Everything Right Now
Jul 6 • 52 min
Erin Morley, when she’s not firing high notes into the world’s major opera houses, soaks up her chances for home life with her family in New Haven, CT. Her current hiatus from the stage isn’t exactly voluntary, and she’s actually dealing with some weird…
Paul Curran: Wig Line Hell
Jun 29 • 66 min
A chat with Paul Curran is a beautiful thing. From his base in San Francisco, Jenna chats with the Scottish opera director about why opera on screens sucks, how he’s ruining TV wigs for his husband, and why culture is *actually* essential. Original music…
Isaiah Bell: Pollyanna
Jun 22 • 59 min
Isaiah Bell is one-of-a-kind. Tenor, composer, one-man-show creator, writer of artisanal haiku, this guy doesn’t stop. Jenna spoke with Isaiah from his base in Victoria, B.C., about how he is just loving lockdown life. He’s got yet another project on the…
Gregory Finney: Dressed For Dinner
Jun 15 • 47 min
Jenna met Gregory Finney while working on a production of The Merry Widow about a million years ago, and they’ve been fast friends ever since. Greg is a Toronto-based baritone and actor, unofficially specializing in character roles. The drunk landlord,…
Sondra Radvanovsky: Everybody’s Stories
Jun 8 • 57 min
What’s a performing arts podcast without an episode with Sondra? Jenna chats with the superstar soprano from her home in rural Ontario, about dealing with pessimism, privilege, and beautiful sunsets. Original music: @natedouglasband Original artwork:…
Marshall Pynkoski: Benign Maniac
Jun 1 • 37 min
Marshall Pynkoski is a director, dancer, Order of Canada, and Co-Artistic Director of Opera Atelier, which he founded in 1985 with his partner, Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg. He’s also a total theatre animal, with a rare passion for opera, music, and theatre…
Barbara Hannigan: Forsythia
May 25 • 37 min
Barbara Hannigan, everyone. Soprano, conductor, mentor, Order of Canada, and reigning queen of new and contemporary music. We spoke during the early weeks of the pandemic, from her strict lockdown in rural France. Original music: @natedouglasband Original…
Christine Goerke: The Old Email
May 18 • 56 min
It’s always a treat to chat with American soprano Christine Goerke! She’s known for front-and-centre roles like Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and the title roles in Tristan und Isolde, Puccini’s Turandot and Strauss’ Elektra. But she’s also a sci-fi…
Bramwell Tovey: Building Castles
May 9 • 54 min
It’s the first episode of The Everything Will Be Okay podcast! Our debut guest is conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey, who spoke to Jenna from his home base in Vancouver. Topics include the ABCs of shutting down an opera company in a pandemic, time for…
The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast: a meet & greet
May 9 • 3 min
Guys, Everything Will Be Okay. It’s just a pandemic that has closed the entire performing arts industry. Jenna Simeonov, creator of Schmopera and host of The Everything Will Be Okay Podcast, is checking in with out-of-work artists. Cancelled gigs & online…