The Berks Opera Workshop http://wrti.org en A Feast Of Summer Opera In Reading http://wrti.org/post/feast-summer-opera-reading <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Follow the </span>Schuylkill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> west from Philadelphia - either the river or the expressway will do - and you’ll eventually arrive in Reading. The state’s fifth-largest city, John Philip Sousa spent his last days here, the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Rabbit</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> series by John </span>Updike<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was set here, and, Reading once lent its name to a now-defunct railway company with a still well-known Philadelphia terminal. </span></p><p>Today, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the city is best known for its outlet malls, its pagoda, and a wealth of regional cultural organizations including the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Music Lives in Reading.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.berksoperaworkshop.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Berks Opera Workshop will perform a concert version of&nbsp;</strong><em>Verdi's AIDA on </em>Friday, August 9, 2013 at <span data-term="goog_322735698" tabindex="0">7:30 pm </span>at the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Community College.</a></p><p></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:47:04 +0000 Jim Cotter 6251 at http://wrti.org A Feast Of Summer Opera In Reading Grand Opera Readings in Reading at the Berks Opera Workshop http://wrti.org/post/grand-opera-readings-reading-berks-opera-workshop <p>Follow the Schuylkill westwards from Philadelphia - either the river or the expressway will do - and you’ll eventually arrive in Reading, Pa. The state’s fifth-largest city, John Philip Sousa spent his last days here, the <em>Rabbit</em> series by John Updike was set here, and, Reading once lent its name to a now-defunct railway company with a still well-known Philadelphia terminal.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, it is best known for its outlet malls, its pagoda, and a wealth of regional cultural organizations including the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Public Museum, and the increasingly influential <a href="http://www.berksoperaworkshop.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Berks Opera Workshop (BOW).</strong></a></p><p>Listen to Jim Cotter's interview with BOW co-founders Francine Black and her daughter Tamara Black.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 01:17:16 +0000 Jim Cotter 4965 at http://wrti.org Grand Opera Readings in Reading at the Berks Opera Workshop Soprano Meagan Miller--Philadelphia's Hedgerow Theatre--The Berks Opera Workshop http://wrti.org/post/soprano-meagan-miller-philadelphias-hedgerow-theatre-berks-opera-workshop <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles Meagan Miller. The West Chester soprano is a rising star in the world opera.</p> <p>Susan Lewis profiles Hedgerow Theatre in Media Pennsylvania, which has been forging its own unique artistic path since 1923.</p> <p>And Jim Cotter speaks with Francine Black and her daughter Tamara Black, founders and directors of Berks Opera Workshop.</p> Sat, 06 Aug 2011 18:32:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Susan Lewis & Jim Cotter 2582 at http://wrti.org