Karp, Richard
Interview Date
Richard Karp, developer and director of the Pittsburgh Opera; birth year, 1902;
[T1S1] birth dates of parents and siblings born in Vienna; his education in Dresden at the State Conservatory of Music; father's employment in manufacturing business; mother, a concert pianist prior to marriage; home life; cultural atmosphere in Europe; his interest in drama; attending opera and concerts; discipline and religion; singing in synagogue choir; influence of grandfather; his grandfather's background; other family background;
[T1S2] early memories of Vienna; discrimination against Jews; 1918 Revolution; private conducting lessons, observing Fritz Reiner conduct during rehearsals; 1933, moves to Dusseldorf to play viola professionally; personal and professional relationship with William Steinberg;
[T2S3] instruments he studied as a child; courtship of Ilsa Klein, a clarinetist; trying to contact his cousin in America; marriage to Ilsa;
[T2S4] wedding celebration with Ilsa's family in Berlin; family members in America; his move to New Rochelle, NY; touring the United States with a string quartet; comes to Pittsburgh to play with Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1938; feelings about Pittsburgh; early residences; community activities and political affiliation;
[T3S5] children, their families, and lives; relationship with children; child raising; friendships with rabbis, but no temple affiliation; feelings toward Germany; relatives in Germany; changes in music, audiences, musical interests; musical opinions; opinions about America; thanks to National Council of Jewish Women for help to immigrants; admiration for Fritz Reiner and Rabbi Freehof.
Musicians; Music; Pittsburgh Opera (Pa.); Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963; Steinberg, William, 1899-1978; Vienna (Austria)
Length (hours)
Harrison, Mary
Lieber, Ruth
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 48
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