Month: July 2018

NYC Takeover Part I ft. Stacy Dove and Raquel Suarez-Groen

It’s officially audition season in the world of opera! That means it’s time to get your arias ready and polish up your backing music. The divas take a trip up to NYC to talk to two of their favorite performers in person: Stacy Dove and Raquel Suarez-Groen. Megan and Xela talk to Stacy at the Roosevelt Hotel and Megan talks to Raquel solo at the Magestic Theatre during her prep for her role as Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera.

So You’ve Been Cast in an Opera

This week on XM DIVAS Podcast…. Alright, we are back for another episode of XM Divas. Today, we are talking about how to prep for an opera. Scenario 1: you’ve been cast in an opera. What is the first thing you do?

Five Things to Know About Opera

It may be the start of summer, but the Divas are taking you back to school. Jump into Opera 101 as Xela and Megan review five things you should know about Opera in this edu-taining episode.

Behind the scenes with Douglas Tappin and Derrick Davis

Minutes before the curtain went up for the closing performance of I Dream. XM Divas sat down with composer Douglas Tappin and leading actor Derrick Davis for a behind the scenes look at what it took to bring this new Opera and its leading man to life. Find out how Derrick, a Broadway veteran, prepared for his first operatic role, what challenges he’d like to take on next and his pre-show rituals. Douglas shares a little about what made him think Opera was the right art form to take on the iconic historical figure, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s and his legacy. Don’t worry, It’s not ALL serious. Douglas and Derrick took on the rapid-fire questions Megan and Xela threw at them with some serious swagger.