Episode 3: Miah Im, conductor, pianist, and Director of Opera at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Music Director of Houston Grand Opera Studio joins Tim for a pre-holiday Gin Martini, and a discussion about Miah’s work at Rice and at the L. A. Opera. Prompting on L.A.’s production of Ghosts of Versailles with Patti Lupone. Miah’s upbringing in Canada, and her father’s defection from North Korea, and his poetry made into a piece premiered by the L.A. Master Chorale. Also, Miah shares her views on casting in opera. Join these two old friends…long time friends?…as they catch up before the holidays.
Here is more information on the Shepherd School of Music’s Opera program https://music.rice.edu/departments-and-ensembles/opera , and Der Kaiser von Atlantis (https://youtu.be/IEapgzDdr0) the program’s digital production from the Fall of 2020 which Miah shared at the end of the episode.
The L. A. Master Chorale performance of Mungunghwa: Rose of Sharon by Mark Grey- a choral piece based on the poetry Miah’s father wrote- can be found here. https://lamasterchorale.org/concert_detail.php?concert_id=1061
Keep an eye out at Foundry Arts https://thefoundryarts.com/experience/unequal-temperament/ for a blogpost from Miah with more about her father’s poetry.
L.A.Opera’s Production of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles can be found here. https://youtu.be/U3_VsZuzPds Please note both Ms. Lupone and Miah’s prompt box hood.
You can find Tim’s Website here: timothylongmusic.com
Special Thanks to Martha Redbone for her permission to use her song “Medicine Man” for the opening credits.
Martha’s work can be found here, https://martharedbone.com, and you can subscribe to her Youtube channel here. www.youtube.com/user/MarthaRedbone
More information on Foundry Arts, the producer of Unequal Temperament, is available at www.thefoundryarts.com
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