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.
This week, a conversation with Joyce El-Khoury. the first year Academy of Vocal Arts resident artist is the winner of this year's Giargiari & Son, Bel Canto Competition; As the second and final weekend of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours approaches, Susan Lewis talks to artists about making art -- and visits them in the spaces where they create it; Jason Peifer visits the touring company of Dublin's Gate Theatre. As part of their Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival, they're staging Waiting for Godot in Philadelphia.