Utah Symphony | UTAH OPERA’s Podcast
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 6.02 – Deep Dive – Brahms Symphony No. 4
We interview a LOT of composers on the podcast. Unfortunately, many of the composers we’d like to interview are no longer with us. So we’re forced to talk about them instead. Jeff and Carol discuss the creation of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in this Deep Dive episode.
Episode 6.01 – DeMarre McGill –There is Room for You
What does Mr. Rogers, the flute, music education, passing out on stage, and the Utah Symphony have in common? Guest soloist DeMarre McGill.
Episode 5.12 – Omer Ben Seadia – Breaking the Glass Proscenium
Israeli director Omer Ben Saedia joined the Ghost Light Podcast prior to the opening of Utah Opera’s production of Peter Brook’s “La tragedie de Carmen” to discuss her thoughts about the current state of the world of opera.
Episode 5.10 – Pablo Sainz-Villegas – Music Belongs to the Community
Spanish guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas joins the Ghost Light podcast to discuss his newest album, the role of the guitar in classical and American popular music.
Episode 5.9 – Carin Gilfry
Voice actor Carin Gilfry joins the Ghost Light Podcast to her journey from pursuing a career as an opera singer to a career voicing thousands of commercials, instructional videos, IVR systems, eLearning programs, documentaries, video games, and audiobooks.
Carin’s voice may be familiar for fans of USUO in the Wasatch Front. You’ll hear her voice in our radio and tv ads.
Episode 5.8 – Utah Opera Senior Technical Director, Jared Porter
Utah Opera Senior Technical Director, Jared Porter joins the Ghost Light Podcast to discuss what goes on behind the scenes of an opera production.
Episode 5.6 – Wendy Bryn Harmer – In Another Life I Would’ve Been a Spy
Utah native Wendy Bryn Harmer joins the Ghost Light podcast to discuss her career, life as a musician during the pandemic, and what topic she’d like to see be made into an opera.
Episode 5.4 – USUO Vice President of Marketing and PR: Jonathan Miles
In the second episode in a mini-series about the pivots brought on by the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Jonathan Miles joins the Ghost Light Podcast to discuss how USUO’s marketing strategy changed for the 2020-21 season.
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.