Pittsburgh Opera http://wesa.fm en Opera Based on Willa Cather Story Highlights Struggle of Early 1900s Pittsburgh 'Dandy' http://wesa.fm/post/opera-based-willa-cather-story-highlights-struggle-early-1900s-pittsburgh-dandy <p>The Pittsburgh Opera this weekend will travel back in time starting this weekend to bring you the story of Paul in the English-language opera “<a href="http://www.pittsburghopera.org/shows/view/40">Paul’s Case</a>.”</p><p>It’s based on the story of the same name by Willa Cather, who wrote it while living in Pittsburgh. The story starts out in Pittsburgh where young Paul, described as a “dandy,” yearns for a more exciting life away from dark and industrial Pittsburgh. &nbsp;</p><p>“It really gets at how difficult it is to be a teenager whether it’s 1905 or today,” said composer Gregory Spears. “It’s a difficult time for all of us whether we’re teachers or teenagers ourselves or parents.” Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:23:23 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24798 at http://wesa.fm Opera Based on Willa Cather Story Highlights Struggle of Early 1900s Pittsburgh 'Dandy' Pittsburgh Opera Looking For 'Super' Men http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-opera-looking-super-men <p>To kick off its 75<sup>th</sup> season, the Pittsburgh Opera is looking for “super” men — minus the red cape … and the shirt.</p><p>The opera is holding open auditions to find approximately 60 male supernumeraries, or extras, for non-singing parts in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida.”</p><p>The extras will play priests and slaves marching after an Egyptian victory over invading Ethiopians as part of the opera’s famous Triumphal Scene.</p><p>While some “supers” will be dressed in robes, many will have to bare their chests as Egyptian soldiers.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 15747 at http://wesa.fm Back in Pittsburgh, Vocal Coach Sings City's Praises http://wesa.fm/post/back-pittsburgh-vocal-coach-sings-citys-praises <p>Vocal coach Daniel Teadt discovered his love of music when he was a student at the University of Illinois.<br><br>The early days of his career required traveling to many different cities, including a stop here as an artist in residence with Pittsburgh Opera.<br><br>Teadt, who met his wife in Pittsburgh, didn’t initially stay in the city. But now they’ve returned, and he’s feeling quite comfortable in his wife's hometown.<br><br>“We now have a family here and a great network here,” he said.<br> Thu, 30 May 2013 10:12:15 +0000 Bob Studebaker 10395 at http://wesa.fm Back in Pittsburgh, Vocal Coach Sings City's Praises The Pittsburgh Opera Turns 75 http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-opera-turns-75 <p></p><p>This year, the <a href="http://www.pittsburghopera.org/">Pittsburgh Opera</a> will celebrate its 75th season. 90.5 WESA Senior News Editor <strong>Mark Nootbaar, </strong>talks with Pittsburgh Opera General Director <strong>Christopher Hahn </strong>about the upcoming season and their Diamond Jubilee. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6976 at http://wesa.fm The Pittsburgh Opera Turns 75