America's talk radio show about opera. Period. Mondays at 9 pm (CT). Live on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago and WNUR.ORG/POPUP.
George Cederquist | Host and Producer
George's work has been seen in all the major opera houses of Europe and America... is what he would be saying if he had been born in Switzerland, spoke four languages and went to a fancy music school.
Instead, he's following that dream the hard way: by directing new productions and opera scenes with Chicago Fringe Opera (where he Artistic Director), the Bay View Music Festival, North Park University, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Roosevelt University and Chicago Opera Vanguard.
George was the Resident Artist Stage Director at Pittsburgh Opera in 2014, the Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program in 2013 and a winner of Opera America’s 2013 Director-Designer competition. He was also one of ten Americans to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
George’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University, and a Directing Fellowship at Wolf Trap Opera.
Oliver Camacho is a tenor specializing in Early Music and Art Song, an AirBnB host, and the future husband of Bradley Cooper.
Oliver is a co-director of Liederstube.org, has been co-hosting OperaNow! Podcast since 2006; serves on various administrative and artistic committees for VOX 3 Collective; is the production manager for the Amherst Early Music Festival opera project; and is the editor of VocalArtsChicago.com. All of which means to say that he does a lot of things that don't pay the bills. Some of those bills were racked up at the Northwestern University School of Music before it was transformed into a beautiful battleship.
Tobias Wright | Co-host
Tenor Tobias Wright once had dreams of singing on the world’s greatest operatic stages, singing the music of the most prolific operatic composers… then he met George Cederquist, who convinced him to abandon those dreams to co-host a weekly pod-cast/radio show that didn’t pay him, but allowed him to talk about those very dreams.
While Opera Box Score is the focal point of Mr. Wright’s career, he has recently managed to be seen as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, performed a world premiere at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre, sang as a soloist with the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, and been seen in and around Chicago with Light Opera Works, Chicago Fringe Opera, and Northwestern University.
A native Kansan, Tobias is a proud graduate of Northwestern University, and the University of Kansas. He hopes to someday use his vocal training to meet a charming wife who makes significantly more money than he does.
Matt Cummings | Co-host
Matthew Cummings is a tenor who, as a long-time listener and one-time guest of Opera Box Score, is both excited and relieved that George and Oliver are letting him come back into the studio.
Matthew has performed opera roles at Opera in the Ozarks, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Lakes Area Music Festival, and Northwestern University. He also sings with various choirs around Chicago, including Constellation Men’s Ensemble.
Matthew is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and came to Chicago by way of Northwestern University, where he studied Voice and Economics. He spends his time between performances trying to extend his streak on the NYT Crossword app, continuing his pursuit for the perfect piecrust, and uploading every opera recording in existence onto his computer.
Weston Williams | Co-host
Weston Williams has spent the better part of the last decade trying, with some success, to blend in with opera and classical music professionals across the US, despite his distinct lack of professional training in singing, musicianship, or composition. In college, he often shirked his studies in theater and philosophy in order to write, produce, engineer, and host his own opera radio show, 'Crescendo!' This did little to discourage his reputation as "the opera guy" in both his professional and personal life.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Weston is a former intern of Opera Birmingham and the Avondale Fine Arts School, where he helped teach elementary-level children in basic music classes. He has had brief stints as a journalist for WBHM, Birmingham's local NPR affiliate, and as a writer for the Christian Science Monitor. He has also served as a guest lecturer on the subject of opera on numerous occasions at his alma mater, Principia College, and even spent a semester post-graduation redesigning and updating the institution's opera history class. When he's not talking about opera for hours on end to anyone who will listen, Weston is an actor, sound designer, and general odd-job-haver throughout Chicagoland.
Norm Woodel | Announcer
Shown here in an actual shot from a short film in which he played Chicago’s Chief of Police (in the 1900’s when a Newspaper Boy takes revenge against a Mayor who didn’t keep his promise), Norm has actually purchased season tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago.
He spent several seasons narrating videos for NASCAR on ESPN and currently voices promos on CBS's "This Morning" show.
A stage, television and film actor, he’s also co-starred in music videos with both Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.