Episode 17

Published on:

18th Oct 2021

Good Art Friends

Hey there, Scorekeepers! It's episode 17 of your favorite podcast, THE SCORE! This week, Lee is away, so we invited back our dear friend, Frankie Charles, for a spirited, freewheeling convo all about artistic freedom by way of NYT's messy "Bad Art Friend" saga, Dave Chappelle's transphobia, and, naturally, problematic operas (0:05:14). Then Paige takes center stage with a fascinating look into the process of creating MN Opera's land acknowledgement and what land stewardship can look like at an opera company beyond a written statement (0:38:20). And then it's PB&J time! This week we feature The Bachelorette's Michelle Young, Million Artist Movement, and... wild turkeys (1:17:05)? Let's do it to it, y'all!

Hosts: Frankie Charles, Rocky Jones, Paige Reynolds

Producer: Rocky Jones


Videodokumentation zur Sun Dance Opera [by Zitkala Sa](YouTube)

"The Forest at Dawn" by Juantio Becenti (YouTube)

"Who Is the Bad Art Friend?" (New York Times)

"Dave Chappelle's Brittle Ego" (New York Times)

MN Opera Land Acknowledgement (Website)

Friends of the Mississippi River (Website)

Million Artist Movement (Website)

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About the Podcast

The Score
News and commentary about opera and classical music seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens
It's time to put opera on game! Hosts Lee Bynum (VP, Impact), Paige Reynolds (Civic Engagement Manager), and Rocky Jones (EDI Director) are three Black and queer artists, pop culture aficionados, and arts administrators at Minnesota Opera, who are working every day to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusivity into opera and classical music. The Score is their provocative, thoughtful, and humorous commentary on opera's past, present, and future, as seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Each episode features a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives that bring Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, trans and nonbinary folks, and everyone else into the discussion of ownership over and access to the art form. From the opera house to the statehouse to your house, each episode will amplify the voices of those in the field who are pushing the boundaries of what opera is, who it is for, and how it can transform us and our communities.