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Voices from the Silence

September 11, 2020, 8:00 pm

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Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Voices from the Silence by Ennio Morricone. The late Italian film and classical composer created this oratorio to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks around the world. This performance was recorded in 2014.

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From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden: Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

September 5, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen plays his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him.

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From the Royal Danish Opera: Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’

August 29, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Regarded as one of the first operas, the late-renaissance L’Orfeo tells the story of Orpheus as he goes down to the underworld in search of his beloved Eurydice. In this performance, Danish conductor and baroque expert Lars Ulrik Mortensen teams up with Concerto Copenhagen to guarantee a sparklingly vivid and close-up interpretation of Monteverdi’s unique and immortal music.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Aida’

August 22, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Maestro Riccardo Muti, widely considered to be today’s preeminent interpreter of Verdi’s music, leads this performance of Aida. Celebrated soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who has previously performed with Muti and the CSO in Verdi’s Requiem and Otello, brings her exceptional artistry to the role of Aida. Stoyanova leads the cast, which features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in her CSO debut as Amneris, and tenor Francesco Meli as Radamès. Both …

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Opera and the Law

July 19, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Recorded in Levin Studio in 2015, Lisa Flynn hosts a presentation by the Supreme Court Justice about the law, illustrated with music performed by artists from the Ryan Opera Center. READ MORE: 5 Operas the Notorious RBG wants you to know [Video]

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Muti conducts Ravenna Festival Opening Concert 2020

July 18, 2020, 2:20 pm

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In a triumphant return to live music, Maestro Riccardo Muti took to the stage last month to launch the Ravenna Festival in Northern Italy. Muti conducted the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and soprano Rosa Feola in a program of music by Scriabin and Mozart. READ MORE: From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

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Scriabin: Reverie

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate

Mozart: “Et incarnatus est” from Great Mass in C Minor, K 427
Rosa Feola, soprano

Mozart: Symphony No 41 in C, Jupiter

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Lynn Harrell: Songs My Father Taught Me

June 21, 2020, 6:00 pm

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The distinguished cellist looks back on his own career and on that of his father, bass-baritone Mack Harrell. A WFMT Radio Network special produced by Louise Frank.

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Vienna State Opera | Strauss’s ‘Elektra’

May 30, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Christine Goerke stars in the title role with soprano Waltraud Meier as Klytaemnestra, Simone Schneider as Chrysothemis, and tenor Norbert Ernst as Aegisth in this performance of Strauss’s gripping, one-act opera.

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Music for Memorial Day

May 25, 2020, 2:00 am

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All day today, WFMT shares music in observance of Memorial Day. In the 1:00 pm hour, hear Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom, performed by the New York Choral Society and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. At 8:00 pm, join us for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.