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Megan Miller (The Diva) and Johnathan White (The Divo), both professional opera singers, have set forth to bring you their uncensored opinion on the stigmas and stereotypes that surround the world of Opera. Not because you asked for it but because they are sick of everyone thinking that opera is still the fat lady from looney tunes singing in her horned Viking helmet. Listen in on their crazy journeys as they give listeners a sneak peek behind the curtain and into the lives of today’s modern ...
 
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The diva and the divo are back in the booth, this time with a different point of view! We’re lucky to have the fabulous stage director Eve Summer. We discuss everything from new staging ideas post pandemic and fresh re-tellings of age old stories while simultaneously building audience. We’ve enjoyed lots of interviews with lots of singers but this …
 
Social Media!! It is legitimately everywhere. The diva and the divo sit down with Aaron Dodge, the social media master, to talk about harnessing the power that can be social media. With endless possibilities for an artist set on self promotion Aaron leads us through the technology jungles giving us invaluable insights and tips for all these platfor…
 
BROADWAY IS BACK BABY!! The diva and divo can barely contain their excitement. Theaters are opening back up in the big apple and friends are getting back to work. Megan and Johnathan chat with the incomparable Raquel Suarez Groen of Broadway fame. Raquel chats with the diva/o about what she has been doing during her time off and after doing hundred…
 
The diva and divo are back together again! Today, as we continue moving forward into a more positive space as companies and colleagues continue to announce live performances in a world post-pandemic, the diva puts on her marketing hat! We discuss the exciting space of “Opera-tunities”. Is opera bingeworthy? Is there a continued need for the virtual…
 
TOGETHER AGAIN!! After a couple of months of interview episodes with some absolutely incredible guests the diva, Megan Miller, and the divo, Johnathan White are back together again! It’s just he and she along with a little bit of hope! With many us getting vaccinated the industry is starting to...dare we say it... make plans for the future! With th…
 
We are so excited to extend a warm welcome to two incredibly talented women, Kathryn Lewek and Janai Brugger! You may have seen Lewek on the stage in more complex roles as her voice fares well as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s famed “Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)” or even Ginevra in “Ariodante”. Brugger has not only had several impressive r…
 
Our final guest of the Black History Month series is one you won’t want to miss! Known for her astounding voice, masterful performances, and passion for opera, Denyce Graves is an absolute opera star. Not only that, but she’s using her new foundation (The Denyce Graves Foundation) to advocate for the revival of The National Opera House which was or…
 
For our second weekly installment celebrating Black History Month, the diva and divo are excited to have our very special co-host, Kenny Overton from the “Black Opera” live broadcast! In addition, we are also honored to invite the talented Othalie Graham, whose performances have captivated countless audiences. The Charlotte audiences will remember …
 
The diva and divo bring in February with a bang. Fresh off a spread in Opera News and a Grammy Nomination Kenny Overton from Black Opera joins the duo for an honest and open conversation. More exciting than that Kenny has agreed to join the show for the entire month! With so much content and so many exciting headline guests expect an episode EVERY …
 
Megan & Johnathan hosted Opera Carolina's pre-show dialogue with the with composer Douglas Tappin and the incredible cast of "I Dream." We are excited for you to listen to this incredible dialogue with the entire cast on the production of I Dream and the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #opera #operacarolina #idream #ocidream…
 
Megan Miller is joined once again with guest host Johnathan White to continue their conversation on Pandemic Productions. The diva and divo are once again joined by two guest callers, this time by performers from two different productions. Fan favorite of XM divas Reginald Smith Jr discusses his Atlanta Pagliacci and newcomer Veronique Filloux disc…
 
In these difficult time...erm...during this unprecedented...well we’ve all grown tired of sentences that start with those words...the diva and divo get together to hash out what has surely been a trying year for all of us. What’s the future of our industry? How do we fix it? Who knows...but whatever it is we will get through it together. Cheers to …
 
The diva, Megan Miller, is joined by the divo, Johnathan White to discuss this most wonderful time of year. However, for performers of all types, there are certainly stories of Ho-Ho-Horrendous parties and events that center around this magical time of year. They reminisce about some of these ridiculous stories while being joined by a guest caller …
 
After a bit of a hiatus an XM Diva is back in the booth joined by a guest host, Johnathan White, to talk about productions during the Pandemic. Fresh off a production himself, the divo joins the diva with some guest callers, Chrissy Amon and Michael Colman, to talk about their recent performances of Cosi fan tutte with Opera Grand Rapids and how op…
 
Allergies can be difficult to deal with as a singer-- or in our normal lives for that matter. XMDivas is here to help! We sat down with Dr. Klotz and got the skinny on treatment options with singers in mind. This episode is in partnership with Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA) and Opera Carolina. For more info about CEENTA V…
 
On this episode we have the extreme honor of talking with the Current Miss America and composer Nia Franklin. We loved talking to Nia about music education, just one of the things she's passionate about! In case you didn’t know Nia has been a teacher and music mentor, and has written over 100 songs, including one she began performing at age five. F…
 
Megan Miller is joined once again with guest host Johnathan White to continue their conversation on Pandemic Productions. The diva and divo are once again joined by two guest callers, this time by performers from two different productions. Fan favorite of XM divas Reginald Smith Jr discusses his Atlanta Pagliacci and newcomer Veronique Filloux disc…
 
The XM Divas are back with another installment of Opera Virgins. Popping the cherry of opera virgins is one of the Divas' favorite things to do and on today's episode, Megan and Xela invite two new guests to the show: Aaron Dodge of The Littlefield Company, and Erin Breeden, owner and head mermaid at blue tide creative. Aaron and Erin discuss their…
 
Xela and Megan get personal with their Personal Trainers about the differences on training an opera singer verse their typical athletic clients. The Divas talk about the challenges they face on their fitness journey and Personal Trainers JJ Johnson with Club Fitness and Jamie Eastley of Strong(her)360 to talk about their latest challenge: training …
 
Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. We know love can be messy, but just how mess it gets depends on your Valentine. Ever wonder if your significant other is secretly a tenor (or not so secretly acting like one)? Ahhh tenors- a special breed. We love them, their egos, and their special charm. The Divas’ special guest and tenor extraordinaire,…
 
in this Special Edition Episode John & Miller, of CLT Podcast fame, join the Divas to talk Opera and the Super Bowl. You're not imagining things, Opera + Football! From the National Anthem to iconic commercials, Opera, like the Patriots, seems to make an appearance every Super Bowl. Tune in to hear Xela & Megan highlight some of Opera's iconic Supe…
 
Move over Nutcraker and make room for Handel's Messiah- The Divas, Xela and Megan talk about this iconic holiday classic. Tune in for some fun facts and surprises! Music Credits : Myers Park United Methodist Church - 2019 Lessons & Carols performance of "Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah - listen to the whole service here: https://youtu.be/b7qDxQtD…
 
Halloween is almost here and XM Divas are here to help you choose a costume...with an Operatic Twist. The world of Opera is overflowing with extravagant costumes. XM Divas share their top picks for classing up your Halloween. Wanna hear the full length tracks? Follow the youtube links below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eOnIRopojY https://www.y…
 
Who says pregnancy and opera don't mix? In this episode, the Divas talk to two performing mommies-to-be in Kathryn Lewek and Melinda Whittington while Megan reveals a pregnancy of her own. (1:59) Megan talks about finding out about being pregnant during Rigoletto (5:01) Megan welcomes our guests, Kathryn Lewek and Melinda Whittington (6:35) Katie t…
 
With Opera Carolina deep into the production of Marriage of Figaro, Xela is the lone Diva on the mic in this episode. Joinging her, however, is Robert Mack, a member of the critically-acclaimed Three Mo' Tenors and a leading member of the American Spiritual Ensemble. Mack has performed with Opera Carolina several times, including a production of Po…
 
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. (2:50) Zachary talks about the importance of seizing oppor…
 
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 experience…
 
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. (1:14) First P of Opera - Pretending to Practice (1:56) Second P of Opera - Procrastinating Practice (4:10) Third P of Opera - Perceiving to Practice (4:51) F…
 
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 Mag…
 
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