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Opera

Muti Takes Orchestra to Cicero High School

Maestro Riccardo Muti

If you believe what you read, the town of Cicero has a troubled history. Iniquitous associations linger for decades, while saying nothing of the men and women who live, work, and raise families here. On Wednesday, the people of Cicero had the opportunity to show something of their fiber: world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti

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

Bruno Bartoletti (June 10, 1926 – June 9, 2013)

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Bruno Bartoletti, longtime conductor and artistic director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, died Sunday in Florence, Italy, just one day before his 87th birthday. Bartoletti first conducted there in 1956 at the age of 30; Lyric was a fledgling company of two years when founder Carol Fox required a replacement conductor

A Conversation with Angela Gheorghiu

Angela Gheorghiu

Wednesday at 9:00 PM, in an exclusive conversation recorded for the WFMT Radio Network, the acclaimed soprano Angela Gheorghiu discusses with Jon Tolansky her brand new CD

Attila the Hun

Samuel Ramey as Attila

If one discusses the topic of Attila the Hun with Riccardo Muti, it’s best to forget that deeply ingrained, American pronunciation of the barbarian’s name, in favor of the Italian one. Apart from the Maestro’s insistence on the matter

Beyond Tristan

Portrait of Richard Wagner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1882

See the WFMT web exclusive video on the Chicago Symphony’s examination of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

Forbidden Love on Tuesday Night Opera

Richard Wagner, 1861

A Wagner opera based on Shakespeare?? Yes! But, adapted to his own libretto (as were all of Wagner’s operas). You will not want miss this ultra-rare opportunity to hear Wagner’s second opera Das Liebesverbot after Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure Tuesday night at 8:00 on WFMT. At times you’ll think you’re hearing Bellini, at others Donizetti, more…

Die Meistersinger Comes to Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo by Robert Kusel

Ever the radical, Wagner must have amused himself, poking fun at the musical establishment. He sidestepped the mythology and magic of his other works to write a romantic comedy. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is historical fiction. In fact, Wagner’s central character Hans Sachs did live and work as a poet, a playwright and cobbler in more…

Lyric’s Mimì Does Q & A with CPS Kids

Ana Maria Martinez as Mimi in La Boheme

Puerto Rican-American soprano Ana María Martínez is as natural on-stage at the Metropolitan Opera, as she is before a roomful of high school students.  Currently singing the lead in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of La Bohème, Ms. Martinez uses her free time to rest and to catch up with old friends–in this case, more…