Jamie Barton: Opera Must “embrace the move towards feminine power”
WFMT talks with the outspoken mezzo-soprano about what it means to take on the role of Carmen, why she’s excited to open the COT season, and how modern-day audiences and artists can best confront the more outdated aspects of Carmen and other beloved operas.
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VIDEO | Pianist Julia Hamos Plays Clara Schumann, Chopin, & Ravel
On a warm summer day, pianist Julia Hamos treated WFMT audiences to a treat: a live recital from the Chicago Cultural Center.
Mayor Lightfoot Designates ‘Riccardo Muti Day’ To Honor Maestro’s 80th Birthday
July 28, 2021, the 80th birthday of the CSO music director, is Riccardo Muti Day in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proclaimed.
First Planned for 2020, Opera Festival of Chicago Finally Opens Inaugural Season
The new company launches with fully staged works by Puccini and Wolf-Ferrari, plus a concert inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games
An orchestral medley of songs from iconic Japanese video games served as the soundtrack for the parade of countries.
The Curious Stories Behind 10 National Anthems You Might Hear This Olympics
National anthems are some of the most iconic pieces of music from around the world. For this reason, they also contain some of the most interesting backstories.
Hop In! Ear Taxi Festival Announces Fall 2021 Return
When it comes to getting around a bustling city like Chicago to see the sights, jumping in a cab is a great place to start. But hearing the city? Turns out, a taxi can take you on a listening journey, too.
Masumi Per Rostad on Beethoven, YouTube, and the Viola
Masumi Per Rostad is an artist completely steeped in classical music. He chats with WFMT ahead of his performance at the Grant Park Music Festival this weekend.
Opera returns to open-air desert theater with diverse cast
The Santa Fe Opera's first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience.
Prokofiev, Hahn, Lang Lang Headline CSO’s 2021-22 Return To Stage
The CSO announces an array of concerts from September to January.
When Worlds Collided: Classical Music Inspired by the Beautiful Game
With this year’s Euro Cup Finals nearly upon us, chants and songs are breathing life into the stadiums. Yet as it turns out, the relationship between music and football extends way beyond chants and national anthems.
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