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Archive for January, 2015

The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt: The Girls of Opera and the Women Who Play Them

Debbie Voigt

Saturday at 4:00 pm WQXR New York’s lively series The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt celebrates “the essential operatic role and the people who have given it voice.” Here’s more from more…

Chicago Native Headlines the Met


Chicago native Tamara Wilson stars in the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Aida on Saturday. She sang for her hometown crowd last summer as Donna Anna with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Ravinia Festival.

Chicago’s Music of the Baroque

Conductor Nicholas Kraemer

MOB principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads chorus and orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem Mass. The soloists are Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Cooley, tenor, and Peter Rose, bass. The program is hosted by WFMT’s Kerry Frumkin and was recorded last October

Hess Concert Features Homegrown Cellist


Cellist Laura Usiskin and pianist Katsura Tanikawa perform a free, lunchtime recital at Chicago’s Cultural Center.

Cellist Laura Usiskin grew up in the Chicago area, studying at the Music Institute of Chicago, and later with Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Richard Hirschl. She studied neuroscience at Columbia University, and went on to Juilliard and Yale for Masters and Doctoral degrees in music. She teaches at the University of Alabama-Birmingham

Stolen Jewels on “The Tuesday Night Opera”


Peter van de Graaff presents Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Jewels of the Madonna, first performed in Berlin in 1911. The composer once explained his operas tended to be in German due to his having had a German publisher, but an Italian version of Jewels of the Madonna didn’t come out until 1953 due to censorship issues

Live Chamber Jazz on First Monday

The Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble kicks off the new year with a recital by three artists: Larry Combs, Brad Opland, and Charlie Johnson. The monthly performances they call “First Mondays” happen at the Chicago Cultural Center and are free and open to the public. WFMT carries each concert live.

Hansel, Gretel, and a Witch on the Met


Christine Rice (Hansel) and Heidi Stober (Gretel) star in the Brothers Grimm fairytale. It was adapted into an opera libretto by the sister of the composer, Adelheid Wette. Robert Brubaker (Witch), Dwayne Croft (Peter), and Michaela Martens (Gertrude) co-star with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Saturday’s production will be sung in English.