This week, the XM Divas caught up with American actor and operatic bass Zachary James. Known for his role as Lurch in the Broadway production of The Adams Family, Zachary James has also portrayed Abraham Lincoln, cameo’d on 30 Rock and performed with some of the world’s top opera companies.
One of the Divas’ favorite things to do is to pop the cherry of opera virgins. On today’s episode of XM Divas, Megan and Xela invite two guests who recently had their first opera experiences to the show: local CPA and fellow podcaster Nesha Pai (Piece of the Pai) and KISS 95.1 radio host Roy Brown. Nesha and Roy discuss their first opera experiences and also play a game of “Opera or Cheese” – modified from Classic FM’s quiz. Make sure you listen to the end to see who took home the “Big Cheese Champion” title!
Megan and Xela are back with the Four P’s of Opera. Unfortunately, Podcasting isn’t one, but maybe it should be. Either way, the Divas give you the down and dirty on this episode of XM Divas.
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?
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?