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the Metropolitan Opera

Johan Botha on Saturday’s Met

Johan Botha with Amanda Majeski and Dmitry Ivashchenko in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"

South African opera singer Johan Botha is a regular at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In recent years, he’s sung Walther in “Die Meistersinger” and opened Lyric’s season last year as Otello. He’s been Lohengrin, and comes back to Chicago in February as Tannhäuser. The 49-year-old heldentenor is made for these heftier roles. The heldentenor is a voice type that can sing comfortably

What Makes a Great Opera Conductor?

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov will follow Riccardo Muti just about anywhere–geographically AND musically.  Here Abdrazakov shares some insight into the Maestro’s work ethic. Ildar on learning a role with Muti Ildar Abdrazakov will be singing with the CSO Thursday, June 14 – Tuesday, June 19