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Exclusive Interview with Zachary James

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.

Former Opera Virgins Tell All

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!

The Four “P’s” of Opera

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.

NYC Takeover Part II ft. Elizabeth Caballero

Today is Part II of the Divas’ takeover in NYC! Megan and Xela are backstage at the Metropolitan Opera talking with Elizabeth Caballero, soprano who plays the part of Mimì in Giacomo Pucinni’s La bohème.

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.

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?