Ahead of WRTI's broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2012 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on Sunday at 3 pm - with listeners having the opportunity to vote for their personal favorite at wrti.org. Many Giargiari Competition participants have gone on to stellar careers, and in recent years three in particular have also been awarded the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award, including tenors James Valenti and Stephen Costello, and soprano Angela Meade.
Tune in on for a special treat on Sunday, May 6th from 2 to 5 pm - Donizetti's lighthearted comedy The Elixir of Love, featuring the opera stars of the future singing this charming bel canto favorite - which includes the famous aria "Una furtiva lagrima."
This production is set at the end of World War II in Southern Italy, 1945. The war is nearly over and love is in the air! Beautiful and rich, Adina, the village librarian is pursued by a handsome soldier and adored from afar by the lowly library caretaker. Will a magic potion even the odds?
David Patrick Stearns profiles soprano Michelle Johnson. The Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Winner sings Donna Anna in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 30th.
Eric Brannon considers a Philadelphia public art exhibition viewable only through the screens of smartphones.
Susan Lewis takes us to the Penn Museum's exhibition about generations of Pennsylvanians who kept their Lenape identity secret for two centuries.
Philadelphia composer Margaret Garwood is Jill Pasternak's guest this week on Crossover. Her opera The Scarlet Letter receives its world premiere by the Academy of Vocal Arts on November 19th, 2010 at the Merriam Theater. In this interview with Jill, Ms. Garwood shares highlights of her composing career, and insights into her musical style.
Join Jill Pasternak and her guests from the Academy of Vocal Arts for a sneak-peak into their 2009/2010 season of operatic performances. Guests include AVA Music Director and Maestro Christofer Macatsoris, AVA President Keven MacDowell, and Master Vocal Coach David Lofton. A surprise is also in store for WRTI listeners!
Highlights of the season include the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition in October, Verdi's Falstaff in November, An Evening of Russian Romances in December, and La Boheme in May.
Music Director of The Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous regional opera companies.
Jim Cotter speaks with with Katy Friedland and Marla K. Shoemaker, authors of a new children's book A is for Art Museum. We'll also drop in on an art program for pre-schoolers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Susan Lewis looks at Temple University's Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, where researchers are working to demonstrate links between the arts and physical well being.
Jason Peifer speaks with members of the Philadelphia Theatre Company and playwright Terrence McNally about his latest drama Unusual Acts of Devotion.