IRENE RADETZKY, VIOLIN
Hometown: New York, New York
Joined Lyric Orchestra in 1999
Education: B.M., Northwestern University
What is your favorite opera to perform?
Mozart and Handel operas are some of my favorites because of the beautiful string writing. Others I love to play include Die Meistersinger, Der Rosenkavalier, and the three Verdi--Shakespeare operas.
With which other orchestras have you performed?
After graduating from college I played in a chamber orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal for two years. I also played a year in the Honolulu Symphony. Closer to home, I am currently a member of the Grant Park Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic. It's nice to have a mix of operatic and orchestral playing throughout the year.
Currently I’m reading:
I recently read a biography of Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser as well as Angelica Houston's A Story Lately Told. I just finished reading When Paris Went Dark, by Ronald C. Rosbottom. Not sure what I'll be reading next...
My favorite travel destination:
Whether it's the Grand Tetons or the Grand Canyon, I love the American West because of its vast natural beauty.