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He's not exactly new to opera; some think he's the greatest living Verdi conductor (Levine fans, avert your eyes). Riccardo Muti is as celebrated as he is hard to get. After a lifetime on the podium, the 73-year-old maestro doesn't need opera companies to satisfy his artistic appetite. He does fancy expanding the repertoire of his symphony orchestra to include opera. Enter the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more...
Today the world is remembering the life and work of writer and director Mike Nichols, who died suddenly on Wednesday at the age of 83. In a career that spanned over six decades, he won nine Tony Awards and an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1967 blockbuster "The Graduate." Around the offices of WFMT, Mike Nichols is remembered for being among the pioneering forces in the early days of this radio station more...
By the time John Corigliano presented his First Symphony in 1990, America had witnessed years of hate speech directed at those most vulnerable to AIDS. AIDS patients lived in fear of persecution. Their right to privacy was pitted against a perceived threat to public safety, while research and public education were only just beginning to make inroads against the disease. more...
Remember John Madden's film Shakespeare in Love in which men had to play all the women's roles due to Elizabethan standards of decency? In opera, that tradition swings both directions. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has captured the imaginations of many composers; the story is timeless, even as a readers' biases change – and they've changed a lot. When Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli composed his opera on Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo e Giulietta (1796), his image of Romeo more...
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Go to the north pole with Doctor Who, boo Jerry Hall as a wicked queen, watch Dustin Hoffman woo Judi Dench, and finish it all off with sprout ice-cream … we pick the best of the festive funContinue reading...
In ENO’s world stage premiere of John Adams’s passion oratorio, the conducting is superb, the playing and singing fabulously intense – and the principal soloists remarkable
Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Les Violons du Roy/Labadie
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The "time is right" for police, security and intelligence agencies to be given more powers to defend the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May says.
The case of a businessman who wants to stop malicious web postings about him appearing in Google searches is settled at the High Court.
Switzerland's Bern Art Museum says it will accept hundreds of works of art bequeathed by German Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.
Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week’s news. Chicago has a new...
Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists continue the conversation online, with more...
President Obama addresses the nation on immigration reform. Kathleen Arnold, a visiting...
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Join Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff next May on an exclusive classical music cruise down the Danube. Celebrate the genius of Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann.
An Exclusive Classical Music Tour through the City of Lights with WFMT! Join Carl Grapentine and fellow opera lovers next May as we tour our favorite European opera destinations in Paris.
Opera in La Suissse Romande! Spend a lovely spring week in in Geneva and Lausanne with Opera Adventures and noted composer, pianist, and teacher, Larry Axelrod.