The Distinct Artistry of Karim Sulayman

The Grammy award-winning tenor share selections from his new album with guitarist Sean Shibe.

An Interview with Ferruccio Furlanetto

The Italian bass looks back at his legendary career in advance of his performance this summer with Opera Festival of Chicago.

Laura Strickling on American Art Song and the 40@40 Project

The Chicago-native soprano presents a program of song in advance of her upcoming recital with pianist Shannon McGinnis for Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.

On Spanish Art Song with Isabel Leonard

An encore interview broadcast with acclaimed the mezzo-soprano in advance of her recital with Pablo Sáinz-Villegas next month.

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No Listening to Singers | Preempted by Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier

Due to the length of the live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, there will be no Listening to Singers this week.

Nathan Gunn, an American Baritone

An interview with Nathan Gunn in advance of his performance with New Philharmonic later this month.

An Interview with Eric Whitacre

The iconic composer and conductor discusses the importance of accessibility in classical music and previews a new album of his works recorded by Voces8.

Roderick Williams – English Orpheus

An interview with the artist in advance of his performances with Music of the Baroque next month.

No Listening to Singers | Preempted by Wagner’s Lohengrin

Due to the length of the live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, there will be no Listening to Singers this week.

The Impeccable Thomas Dunford

The superb lutenist discusses his love of collaboration and previews his ensemble Jupiter’s upcoming performance in Chicago.

Golda Schultz on Songs by Female Composers

The South African soprano shares songs by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Emilie Mayer, Nadia Boulanger, and Kathleen Tagg.

Introducing Jesse Blumberg

An interview with the stylish baritone in advance of his recital with Martin Katz next month.

On Leontyne Price with Kenneth Overton

A playlist curated by baritone and advocate Kenneth Overton to celebrate a living legend.

William Grant Still’s Highway 1, USA

An intimate one act opera blending elements of blues, Romanticism, and musical theater by the ‘Dean of African-American Composers.”

The American Bass-Baritone

A playlist spotlighting great African-American artists curated by bass-baritone Nicholas Newton.

An Interview with Juan Diego Flórez

The Peruvian tenor previews his upcoming Chicago recital for Symphony Center Presents.

Klaus Mäkelä conducts Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor

The imaginative conductor, still in his twenties, leads the Oslo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in an unfinished masterpiece by Mozart.

Dame Jane Glover on Albert Herring

The English conductor returns to Chicago Opera Theater to lead Britten’s comic masterpiece later this month.

Artists to Watch in 2023

Highly anticipated performances that can be heard by Chicago audiences in-person or on WFMT.

2022 In Memoriam

A tribute to artists we lost in 2022, including John Aler, Maria Ewing, Ned Rorem, and Antonietta Stella.

When Opera Singers Sing Christmas

Favorite interpretations of carols — sometimes camp, sometimes sublime.

Karl Jenkins’s Stella Natalis

Meaning ‘star of birth,’ Jenkins’s 2009 Stella Natalis conveys the Christmas message of peace, goodwill, compassion and a new beginning.

Samuel Hasselhorn on the songs of Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert

The German baritone discusses his two new lieder recordings with pianist Joseph Middleton.

Introducing soprano Sonya Headlam

An interview with the rising star soprano and a preview of her upcoming Chicago-area performance with Apollo’s Fire.