Utah Symphony | UTAH OPERA’s Podcast

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The stage is dark, but the conversation is just beginning.

Welcome to the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Ghost Light podcast, a behind the curtain look into the world of classical music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jeff Counts, the Teton Music Festival General Manager, and Carol Anderson, Utah Opera’s Principal Coach. New episodes are released regularly. Subscribe to our podcast below.


Episode 5.3 – USUO Education Team discuss the USUO education offerings

In the first of a mini-series about the pivots brought on by the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USUO Education Team sat down with the Ghost Light Podcast to discuss how the education offerings of the company have been re-envisioned in the last 6 months and going forward.

Episode 5.2 – Composer Quinn Mason Principal Trombone Mark Davidson discuss Changes/Transitions

Changes/Transitions’ is a commission written by Quinn Mason for Black Lives Matter. The composer sits down with Principal Trombone, Mark Davidson and the Ghost Light Podcast to discuss the origins of the piece and its place in the current social climate.

Episode 5.1 – Season 5 Trailer

Get to know the new President and CEO of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera of Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson introduce Steven Brosvik.

Episode 4.18 – Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle

Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle sits down with Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson to discuss The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, pandemic life, and MOTUS Meets.

Episode 4.17 – Utah Symphony 80th Birthday Interview – Nick and Claudia Norton

One of the interviews from the 80th Birthday Celebration featured Nick and Claudia Norton. The, now retired, couple share their memories of Maurice Abravanel, the 2002 Olympics, National and European tours, the opening of Abravanel Hall, and the Utah Symphony as a match-making organization.

Episode 4.16 – Nicole Heaston

African-American soprano Nicole Heaston joins Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson to discuss musical life during quarantine, the Purple Robe Series, and a story she’d like to see turned into an opera.

Episode 4.15 – Utah Opera resident artist Brandon Bell

Utah Opera resident artist Brandon Bell joins Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson to discuss people of color in prominent opera roles and a topic that he’d like to see made into an opera.

Episode 4.14 – Behind the scenes of the Utah Symphony 80th Birthday Celebration

In this episode of the Ghost Light podcast, Hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson interview Concert Master Madeline Adkins and Principal Trumpet Travis Peterson about the the behind the scenes planning and execution of creating the Utah Symphony’s 80th Birthday Celebration video.

Watch the celebration here.

Episode 4.13 – Michael Chioldi discusses life as an opera singer

Co-Host Carol Anderson interviews Utah Opera favorite Baritone Michael Chioldi.

Michael discusses his Metropolitan Opera debut, his Park City Utah connection, Life as an opera singer on the road, and his “second act” as a performer/teacher.

And of course – a ghost story.

Episode 4.12 – Keith Carrick Discusses Symphonic Percussion

Utah Symphony principal percussionist Keith Carrick joins the Ghost Light podcast to discuss his experiences as a symphonic percussionist.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play in the percussion section? Or why percussionists seem to always be looking for things to hit with a stick? Keith will give you a behind the scenes look at their world.

Special Episode 3 – Live Music After Corona

The final episode in the mini-series: Music That Heals. Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson sit down with Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth to discuss how the COVID-19 restrictions have affected opera companies across the country, what performing arts companies can do during this forced pause, and how the art form can evolve when we are allowed to occupy our performance spaces again.

Episode 4.11 – Utah Opera Supernumeraries Break Their Silence

Co-Hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson interview Utah Opera Supernumeraries Dominic Barsi and Steve Moga.

They discuss their experiences and insight as “supers” for the Utah Opera.


Special Episode 2 – Music Knows Exactly How You Feel

A follow up episode to the Music That Heals episode. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera musicians, staff, and patrons share their experiences with music in troubling times.

Special Episode – Music Heals

In response to symphony and opera halls closing for a short time due to the COVID-19 virus restrictions, co-Hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson, discuss some historical moments where music played a major role.

Episode 4.10: Jason Hardink Discusses Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles

In Episode 4.10 of the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera Ghost Light Podcast, co-hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson interview Jason Hardink, Utah Symphony Principal Pianist.

Episode 4.6: Tomer Zvulun discusses Utah Opera’s production of “Silent Night”

Director Tomer Zvulun discusses Utah Opera’s upcoming production of Kevin Puts and Mark Campell’s “Silent Night.” The Israeli-born director also discusses his time serving as a medic, reveals what stories he would like to see given an operatic treatment, and more!

Episode 4.5: Carlos Miguel Prieto – Part 2 – Orchestral “Bucket List”

Hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson interview guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Episode 4.4: Carlos Miguel Prieto – Part 1 – Connecting the symphony with the community

Hosts Jeff Counts and Carol Anderson interview guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Episode 4.3: Christopher McBeth-Musical Journeys

Host Carol Anderson interviews Utah Opera Artistic Director, Christopher McBeth.

Episode 4.2: Symphony and Opera Myths Debunked

Co-Hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts discuss popular myths that often keep potential symphony or opera patrons from coming to a performance.

Episode 4.1: Jeff and Carol interview Daniel Charon

Co-Hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts interview Daniel Charon, Artistic Director of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. They discuss the dance tradition in Utah, collaboration with other art forms, the Utah Opera production of La Traviata, a story he’d like to set to dance, and a Ghost Light experience.


Episode 4.0: Jeff Counts introduces new co-host

Host Jeff Counts introduces our new co-host – Carol Anderson, principal opera coach for the Utah Opera. Jeff and Carol tease season four of the Ghostlight Podcast.









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