America's talk radio show about opera. Period. Mondays at 9 pm (CT). Live on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago, WNUR.ORG/POPUP and iTunes.
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 is an ensemble member), North Park University, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Roosevelt University, the Bay View Music Festival, 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.
Daina Fischer | Co-host
Daina Fischer is a 26-year-old professional freelancing opera singer, blogger and model. She also runs the well-known fashion and lifestyle blog 'A Gentlewoman'.
Graduating in 2013 from the Chicago College of Performing arts with a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance, Daina has sung all over Chicago and internationally, working with renowned conductors, coaches and teachers. She currently studies with Elizabeth Byrne at DePaul University while she completes her Master's degree in vocal performance. Other teachers include; Julia Faulkner and Michael Sylvester.
'A Gentlewoman' has been her passion along side her singing. Created in 2010, the blog now has over 50,000 followers worldwide. Daina has been featured in numerous fashion/lifestyle blogging websites and online journals.
Alongside her love for fashion and social media, she's worked as a creative director and stylist for an editorial campaign, and as a model for numerous local retailers and photographers.
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.
Giovanna Jacques | Field Reporter
Mezzo-Soprano Giovanna Manilla Jacques has appeared in many opera productions around Chicago. She is the head of Development for the Chicago Fringe Opera, which is where she met George Cederquist and promptly charmed (coerced) him into bringing her onto Opera Box Score.
A native French speaker and thus inherent snob, she also serves as a language coach around the city. Though she was born and spent her childhood in San Francisco (also contributing to her snobiness), Ms. Jacques spent her formative years in the South of France where she studied at the Conservatoire National de Toulon. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from DePaul University, to whom she will likely be indebted until the day she dies. Was is worth it? Meh.
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.
Amber Carter began to record her own music at 16, became her high school's designated live sound engineer at 17 and has only delved deeper into the world of audio since then. Her focus is on working as a recording/mix engineer for the future.