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UnMic'd Podcast

The Festival Effect
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 2:00pm

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UnMic’d is a new show produced by Arizona Opera that explores the blurry edge that connects the world of opera to, well, just about everything else. Each episode, Arizona Opera President and General Director, Joseph Specter, will be joined by a recognized professional from the field of opera, together with an individual from another field who engages in similar work. A composer from opera and a composer of pop and musical theater. A stage combat instructor and an instructor of mixed martial arts. A costume designer and a couture fashion designer. The elements of opera are the elements of our everyday lives. Explore the blurry edge with us on UnMic’d.



Episode Information:

There are few performing arts events that capture the imagination as much as the “music festival.”

Pop music festivals—and opera festivals alike!—ignite the senses, from the excitement of experiencing a broad range of artists, to the opportunity to bond socially with fellow cultural thrill-seekers.

In this episode of UnMic’d, host Joe Specter is joined by David Devan, General Director of Opera Philadelphia and Festival O20, and David Beame, Vice President of Global Events & Experiences for Global Citizen, and partner at the entertainment law firm of Beame & Mencher LLP. Join Arizona Opera, as David Devan and David Beame discuss with Joe the magic of the festival experience, and the mission driven focus of their organizations.

What possesses someone to take on the mammoth challenge of running these complex festivals, what are the greatest rewards, and what is the future of the festival as we emerge from the pandemic? Come with us to learn how Global Citizen and Opera Philadelphia think about these questions, and how the “festival” helps these organizations reach their respective goals of international impact.

Find the blurry edge with us once again on this episode of UnMic’d!



David Devan

David Beame



Arizona Opera is deeply grateful to our 2020/21 Reimagined Season Lead Digital Sponsors, Ron and Kay McDougall
UnMic'd Is made possible, in part, by Manley Films
Lead Digital Sponsorship of the Connection Lab provided by Ron and Kay McDougall. Additional sponsorship is made possible, in part, by the Arizona Community Foundation and Manley Films.