Monday, August 15, 2011

Barihunks on the Air: Texapolitan Opera

Michael Mayes & the Texapolitan Opera
We've made no secret of our love for barihunk Michael Mayes and his always entertaining Texapolitan Opera podcasts. We were thrilled when he asked the site's founder to come on the show and talk about Barihunks and opera.

However, in Michael Mayes' inimitable fashion the show somehow got sidetracked into conversations about angry Germans, Branch Dividian strippers, Justin Bieber singing Don Giovanni, eye herpes and Ruphying tenors. You have to hear it to believe it (and this episode was NOT fueled by liquor!).

Mayes continues to be one of the most entertaining and original figures in the opera world. His podcasts are a must for anyone who loves the artform. If you don't laugh, you're probably a humorless Russian set designer. If you do laugh, subscribe and make it part of your social media ritual.

A graduate of the University of North Texas, Mayes' operatic roles include Silvio in I Pagliacci, Mercutio and Lord Capulet in Romeo et Julette, Dandini in La Cenerentola, The Librettist in Viva la Mamma!, John Proctor in The Crucible, Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, di Luna in Il trovatore, Marcello in La Boheme, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and many more.

In February 2012, Mayes will make his much anticipated debut as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" with the Tulsa Opera, which he discussed on the current episode. Click HERE for ticket and additional performance information.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast. You can also subscribe to the Texapolitan Opera podcast on iTunes.

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