Month: June 2018

Going Out for the Opera, an interview with Merchant & Trade

If you haven’t already seen the gorgeous photos from our podcast launch photoshoot… you should take a look – Check out the Video -we’ll wait! We worked with a killer team that helped us enter the podcast world with a BANG; Richard Israel, Whitley Hamlin, Andy Goh, Catie Starr, Stephanie Vitale, and Eric Irvin. But we can’t thank our fantastic partners, Merchant & Trade, enough for letting us takeover their luxurious Rooftop Space on top of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel.

On this episode of XM Divas we interview Director of Food & Beverage at the Kimpton Tryon Park, Andrew Carlson to talk about Opera Experiences. We dive into dress codes, cocktails, what to do before/after an opera and we dish on the Charlotte Night life scene!

( 0:41 ): Alright, we are back for another episode of XM Divas. We are live recording at Merchant & Trade. We are joined here with the Food and Beverage Director of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, Andy Carlson.

( 2:09 ): Megan asks Andy: what was your inspiration behind the concept of Merchant & Trade?

( 4:22 ): Xela asks Andy: where do you think Merchant & Trade fits in with the rest of the nightlife in Charlotte?

( 4:56 ): Xela asks Andy: do people like to watch the Knights game from here?

( 7:13 ): Xela asks Andy: have you seen an opera before?

( 7:37 ): Xela asks Andy: what is your conception of opera?

( 9:11  ): Xela asks Andy: do you have dress code requirements?

( 12:08 ): Megan asks Andy: if people want more information, where do they go?

Mother’s Day Episode

It takes a village to raise strong daughters and it takes especially strong ones to raise divas. We’re dedicating an entire episode to the village matriarchs that raised us, our mothers!

Laugh (and cry) along with us as we interview Diane Walters (Megan’s mom) and Anne Pinkerton (Xela’s mom). These women shaped us into the creative minds that we are today and put up with our Shenanigans. Listen in as we dive into embarrassing stories about what we were like as kids, our audition journeys, and how opera came into our lives.

Grab a glass of wine (or two- no judgement) and join us as we give a toast to all mothers today.  We love you!

( 0:41 ): Alright, we are back for another episode of XM Divas. We are joined today with our
mothers for Mother’s Day.
( 2:15 ): Megan asks her mom: What was it like attending elementary school performances?
( 4:11 ): Xela asks her mom: Do you have any similar experiences?
( 5:30 ): Xela asks her mom: Was there anything special about me?
( 7:35 ): Megan asks her mom: Did I ever make your nervous when I’d sing?
( 10:10 ): Xela asks Megan: When did you start taking voice lessons?
( 12:12 ): Megan asks her mom: Let’s talk about stage moms.
( 17:20 ): Xela asks her mom: Explain how I was born early.
(19:41) Megan asks her mom: When do you decide that this talent can be used professionally or it’s just a hobby?
(25:42) Megan asks Xela: What was the best pop up performance we’ve done?

My Date with an Opera Virgin

Let’s face it: not everyone has been to an opera in their lifetime. In fact, there’s a decent chance that if you’re listening to this podcast, *you* may not have been to an opera before. Hey, that’s totally cool! That’s where we come in.

In this week’s episode of XM Divas, Xela tells us about her date with an Opera Virgin. Xela shares her experience bringing her prospective boo into the world of opera, and Megan gives us some good do’s and don’ts when it comes to courting an opera vet.

( 0:48 ):  Xela: We are going to talk about my first date with an Opera Virgin

( 2:11 ): Xela asked Megan: “What is the number one reaction you receive when you tell people you sing opera?”

( 4:27 ): Xela: Every opera singer has a “go-to” karaoke song

( 5:01 ): Megan: People ask me if I have any pictures of me performing

( 5:53 ): Megan: Mezzo’s don’t get the sexiest costumes

( 6:55 ): Megan: Stage makeup is not pretty

( 7:40 ): Xela: It’s great when you get an Opera Virgin to second base

( 7:56 ): Xela: It’s usually frowned upon to drink a lot at the opera

( 10:13 ): Megan asked Xela: “What happens when you get to third base?”

( 11:23 ): Megan: Asking someone on a date to the opera