Few opera singers' careers begin with Daniel Barenboim telling them to prepare the title role for a season-opening new production of Carmen at La Scala. Yet this was how the Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili got her big break in 2009.Â
She had been in a young singers' training program at the storied Milan opera house when Barenboim recognized her potential, and cast her as the iconic, red-dressed, raven-haired heroine.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that next season will include more new works as well as lesser- performed gems from music history. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the orchestraâ€™s music director is building on the success of - and audience response to -Â his first two seasons.
Philadelphia's urban landscape is ever changing, and over time, many beautiful older structures have become disused, dilapidated, and in many cases, demolished. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a new collection of works by a preeminent Philadelphia photographer is keeping alive the memory of some of the city's architectural gems. Â
Concert pianist Stephen Hough also composes, writes articles for an online publication, and likes to paint.Â As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the internationally renowned soloist continues to find fresh inspiration in the great masterworks.
Stephen Hough is soloist on WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast - Sunday March 2, at 1 pm.Â Tune in to hear Hough playÂ Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Philadelphians.
You know it when you hear it. Deep and shrill, resonant and bright, smooth or not â€“ the clarinet adds a diverse range to the woodwind family. Temple University Associate Professor of Music Emily Threinen gave WRTIâ€™s Meridee Duddleston a quick course on its historic origins.
Among the earliest settlers to the new world, those of German origin have made a strong imprint on the Philadelphia area. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, an organization that celebrates the history and legacy of Pennsylvania Germans is celebrating a landmark anniversary with a new opera.Â
The in-demand Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star, who is a Curtis graduate, embraces music and the world beyond the concert stage in her signature style.
The way we watch television has altered radically in the past 10 years. So, too, has the classical music world. Yet now, as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, a musician's memoir written a decade ago is being adapted for television...but not for any traditional TV station.
Curtis graduate student Alyssa Weinberg read and re-read this yearâ€™s One Book, One Philadelphia choice as she composed Prayer, her work inspired by The Yellow Birds.With war as its setting, the novel by Kevin Powers makes a zigzag journey in time and place between Iraq, Fort Dix, a base in Germany, and Virginia - the place a young Private Bartle leaves, and returns to, profoundly changed.
Musicians are, understandably, very particular about the instruments they play. As WRTIâ€™s Susan Lewis reports, a principal player in the Philadelphia Orchestra was so interested in refining his instrument, he wound up creating a whole line of clarinets.