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An Insider's Look at 'La Bohème' with Opera Quad Cities

Nathan Windt
Marc Zyla
Nathan Windt

In this episode of "What's Happening QC," host Marc Zyla dives into the exciting world of opera with conductor Nathan Windt from Opera Quad Cities. Windt provides a fascinating insight into the upcoming production of "La Bohème," highlighting the accessible nature of the opera and the focus on everyday relationships and interactions of young artists in Paris.

The discussion delves into the local talent involved in the production, showcasing the dedication of the organization to promote classical and operatic singing within the Quad Cities community. Windt also shares his experiences working with students at St. Ambrose University on challenging choral works, emphasizing the collaborative spirit among local musicians and organizations.

Beyond his musical endeavors, Wendt reveals his passion for running and his participation in the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for charity. The episode wraps up with heartwarming stories about Windt's newly adopted shelter dog from the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Ophelia, and the host's own furry companion, Dolly, highlighting the importance of animal welfare and community support.

Join Marc Zyla and Nathan Wendt on this engaging and informative episode as they explore the world of opera, music education, and the power of giving back to the community. Don't miss this in-depth look at the talents and passions of a conductor dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape of the Quad Cities region.

Marc Zyla joined WVIK, Quad Cities NPR in May 2022 as the Director of Community Engagement. Prior to that Zyla had been the Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, where he continues to perform as Principal Horn. Zyla believes that there is something for everyone in public radio and brings passion and creativity to his position as Director of Community Engagement.