Hoops and High Notes
Close-up of elegant singer Ashley Emerson

Soprano Ashley Emerson hosts this video series which includes a lighthearted comparison of opera singers with athletes, artists and artisans in our community. Watch them compare notes, flaunt their skills, compare secrets of their craft and share in good-natured competition.

Ballet + Opera

Join soprano Ashley Emerson in our first episode of Hoops & High Notes. Discover what ballet performers and opera singers have in common in this interview with Louisville Ballet’s Ryo Suzuki.

Bourbon + Opera

What does a bourbon Master Distiller have in common with an opera performer in perfecting their craft? Find out in the second episode of our Hoops & High Notes series as soprano Ashley Emerson interviews Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller Chris Morris on his journey at Brown-Forman.

Football + Opera

How does training for a football game compare to preparing for an opera? Watch our third episode of Hoops & High Notes for an interview with soprano Ashley Emerson and PJ Mbanasor, former football player at the University of Louisville, to find out.

Drag + Opera

Dramatic. Audacious. Vivacious: three adjectives that describe the art forms of opera and drag. Both share the skills of performing and connecting with the audience from the stage. Find out what else opera singers and drag queens share as soprano Ashley Emerson interviews the fabulous, opera-singing drag queen Gilda Wabbit!

Skateboarding + Opera

On the surface, you might not think that opera and skateboarding have much in common. But between the physicality of singing and skateboarding and finding your signature style, the two have more similarities than meets the eye. Discover what else they share in the latest episode of Hoops & High Notes, as soprano Ashley Emerson interviews Noah Hulsman, owner of Home Skateshop, about his skateboarding journey and how that compares to singing opera.