Opera Company of Philadelphia http://wrti.org en Opera Company of Philadelphia Opens New Season With Fresh Take On Old Favorite http://wrti.org/post/opera-company-philadelphia-opens-new-season-fresh-take-old-favorite <p>Some&nbsp;rough-and-tumble opening chords can mean only one thing to opera lovers - Puccini’s <em>La Boheme.</em>&nbsp; The iconic work&nbsp;is back in Philadelphia<span style="DISPLAY: none">&nbsp;</span> for what could feel like the 300<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>time since first arriving here 114 years ago. Audiences rarely tire of the story of starving artists in 19th-century Paris, or the famous arias that convey the rapture of young love. But they might also feel like it’s a rerun.</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:04:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 4477 at http://wrti.org Opera Company of Philadelphia Opens New Season With Fresh Take On Old Favorite Internationally Renowned Singer Nathan Gunn to Lead OCP New-Opera Initiative http://wrti.org/post/internationally-renowned-singer-nathan-gunn-lead-ocp-new-opera-initiative <p><a href="http://www.operaphilly.com/" target="_blank">The Opera Company of Philadelphia</a> is furthering its commitment to the creation of new American works with the recruitment of star baritone Nathan Gunn to lead its American Repertoire Program. The project aims&nbsp;to produce an American work in each season for the next 10 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:03:00 +0000 Jim Cotter 4476 at http://wrti.org Internationally Renowned Singer Nathan Gunn to Lead OCP New-Opera Initiative Opera Company of Philadelphia's DARK SISTERS http://wrti.org/post/opera-company-philadelphias-dark-sisters <p>David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia&rsquo;s production of <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/dark-sisters" target="_blank"><strong>Nico Muhly&rsquo;s <em>Dark Sisters</em></strong></a>. The company co-commission is among the most-talked about new opera works. <em>Dark Sisters</em> runs at the Kimmel Center&#39;s Perelman Theater from June 8th to 17th.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:44:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 3939 at http://wrti.org Opera Company of Philadelphia's DARK SISTERS Opera Company of Philadelphia's MANON LESCAUT http://wrti.org/post/opera-company-philadelphias-manon-lescaut <p><strong>David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the <a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/manon-lescaut" target="_blank">OCP&#39;s production </a>of Puccini&#39;s tragic love story.</strong></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:16:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 3758 at http://wrti.org Opera Company of Philadelphia's MANON LESCAUT The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Operas at OCP--All About Alan Abel-Photography Show at PMA http://wrti.org/post/fabulous-philadelphians-europe-operas-ocp-all-about-alan-abel-photography-show-pma <p>David Patrick Stearns reports from the Philadelphia Orchestra's European tour.</p> <p>Opera Company of Philadelphia's new season is previewed.</p> <p>Susan Lewis profiles legendary percussionist Alan Abel.</p> <p>Jim Cotter looks ahead to a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring the photography of ten local artists.</p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 19:33:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Susan Lewis & Jim Cotter 2608 at http://wrti.org The Fabulous Philadelphians in Europe--Operas at OCP--All About Alan Abel-Photography Show at PMA OCP's Production of Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET--The Phila. History Museum at the Atwater Kent http://wrti.org/post/ocps-production-gounods-romeo-juliet-phila-history-museum-atwater-kent <p>David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's upcoming production of Gounod's <em>Romeo &amp; Juliet</em> that casts the Capulets and Montagues - not as feuding families - but as rival haute couture design houses.</p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Charles Croce, the new CEO of the recently revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which tells the story of the City of Philadelphia.</p> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:04:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns & Jim Cotter 2488 at http://wrti.org OCP's Production of Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET--The Phila. History Museum at the Atwater Kent Two Shakespeare Productions in Philadelphia--Dracula Festival at Rosenbach Museum http://wrti.org/post/two-shakespeare-productions-philadelphia-dracula-festival-rosenbach-museum <p>David Patrick Stearns takes us to two new Shakespeare productions: the Opera Company of Philadelphia's <i>Otello</i> at the Academy of Music, and <i>Macbeth</i> at the Wilma Theater.</p> <p>As Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts its annual Dracula Festival, Susan Lewis considers Bram Stoker's famous vampire and his impact on contemporary culture.</p> Sat, 02 Oct 2010 15:07:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns & Susan Lewis 2419 at http://wrti.org Two Shakespeare Productions in Philadelphia--Dracula Festival at Rosenbach Museum Opera Company of Phila.'s ORPHEE ET EURYDICE--LATE RENOIR at PMA--Piano Sensation Haochen Zhang http://wrti.org/post/opera-company-philas-orphee-et-eurydice-late-renoir-pma-piano-sensation-haochen-zhang <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about the company's 2010 season finale - a company premiere of Gluck's rarely performed <i>Orphee et Eurydice.</i></p> <p>Susan Lewis explores <i>Late Renoir</i>, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring works from the final decades of the artist's life.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles 20-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang. A 2009 gold-medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he opens the Mann Center season on June 15, 2010.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:34:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns 2363 at http://wrti.org Opera Company of Phila.'s ORPHEE ET EURYDICE--LATE RENOIR at PMA--Piano Sensation Haochen Zhang OCP's Robert Driver--Phila. Brahms Festival--Renaissance Band Piffaro Upcoming Concerts http://wrti.org/post/ocps-robert-driver-phila-brahms-festival-renaissance-band-piffaro-upcoming-concerts <p>As part of WRTI's "A Day at The Opera," Jim Cotter speaks with Opera Company of Philadelphia Artistic Director Robert Driver about National Opera Week. It celebrates the vitality of the art form as a contemporary cultural expression.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks ahead to Saturday's Philadelphia Brahms Festival - three concerts in one day by young musicians from the Astral Artists roster. </p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, co-founders of Piffaro. The Renaissance band performs music of 17th-century Portugal in a series of concerts this weekend with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.</p> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:31:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis 2242 at http://wrti.org OCP's Robert Driver--Phila. Brahms Festival--Renaissance Band Piffaro Upcoming Concerts One Book, One Philadelphia--Delaware Art Museum--Traditions of Folk Art--OCP's Fidelio http://wrti.org/post/one-book-one-philadelphia-delaware-art-museum-traditions-folk-art-ocps-fidelio <p>Jim Cotter speaks with author Steve Lopez. His story of destitute musician Nathaniel Ayers is this year's selection for<em> One Book, One Philadelphia.</em></p> <p>Susan Lewis considers the Delaware Art Museum, a museum of stories with its own tale to tell.</p> <p>Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns takes us to the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Beethoven's <em>Fidelio</em>.</p> Sat, 18 Oct 2008 20:50:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns & Jason Peifer 2034 at http://wrti.org One Book, One Philadelphia--Delaware Art Museum--Traditions of Folk Art--OCP's Fidelio