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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.