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Postcard: Renée Fleming at WFMT

Renee Fleming, photo by Andrew Eccles

“The people’s diva,” Renée Fleming paid WFMT a visit on Tuesday, which also happened to coincide with the release of her latest recording, Guilty Pleasures. Ms. Fleming chatted with Lisa Flynn and discussed the new recording (hear the interview)

Renee Fleming: Growing up in Rochester

Renee Fleming

(Tuesday at 3:00 PM) She’s among the most recognized figures in opera. With a career spanning the world’s stages, it seems unlikely this luminous figure should touch down in Chicago to pour her offstage energy into the city’s arts education; but she has

Libretto: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Edwin Landseer

The Tuesday Night Opera (8:00 PM) continues its celebration of Benjamin Britten at 100 with his 1960 opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Britten and his partner, Peter Pears, adapted the libretto from the Shakespeare comedy

New Series: Live from UIC

Gaudete Brass

(Tuesdays at 1:00 PM) The roster reads like a family reunion for WFMT: David Schrader, Fareed Haque, Joseph Genualdi, Eduardo Fernandez and the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble

Why the Emerson Quartet?

Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson Quartet’s recording of Beethoven’s Op. 127 is an almost religious experience, born out of tens of thousands of hours spent working, studying, practicing. It doesn’t exactly evoke images of four guys yukking it up, though the multi-talented Emersons are anything but stiff

WFMT Exclusive: Jake Heggie’s Big Splash

Composer Jake Heggie

A lot of people read Moby Dick because they’ve had to. Required by literature teachers, Melville’s gritty account of the half-crazed sea captain is almost unintelligible without an annotated edition—so many references are lost from our cultural memories. Why, then, would a modern composer say to himself, “What a great idea for an opera!” But it is

On-Demand: Thomas Hampson and Whitman

Thomas Hampson

This week’s New York Philharmonic broadcast pairs despair with salvation: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, a setting of a wartime poem by Walt Whitman. Thomas Hampson sings with Dorothea Röschmann, and Michelle De Young. WFMT has in its archive, Hampson singing

On-Demand: Fifth House Ensemble

Fifth House Ensemble

Today’s Dame Myra Hess Concert features one of Chicago’s more innovative ensembles. If you’re near the cultural center, it’s worth a lunch hour. 5HE delights audiences with their edgy, contemporary take on just about anything interesting that fits with their instruments.

The Courtesan and the Diva

Anna Moffo sings the role of Violetta in the 1960 recording with Richard Tucker and Robert Merrill

An erotic Italian film star; “Gilda” at the Metroplitan Opera; and a girl from rural Pennsylvania; these would seem to have little in common, but this was the life of Anna Moffo. As a teen, she turned down an offer to go to Hollywood, choosing instead to attend the Curtis Institute…(dowload libretto)

Impromptu: Live for Five

The Lincoln Trio

How about a daily does of LIVE? This week at 1:00 PM, WFMT brings you live music and conversation with a terrific line-up, including Chris O’Riley, the Lincoln Trio and Arianna Zukerman. Get to know these international artists and their take on the music.