Saturdays at 4:00 pm
Discover or rediscover your love for the art of singing: a half-hour for newcomers and connoisseurs alike
Have you ever wondered why people become obsessed with opera? Do you know the difference between an art song and an aria? Is there a singer whose voice goes right to your heart, but you can’t put your finger on why? Each week, Oliver Camacho shares his passion for vocal performance across many genres with highly personal analysis and anecdotes. Learn about the technical aspects of singing, the qualities that make certain artists beloved, opera highlights to help you prepare for upcoming Chicago-area performances, and more.
Listen to the past two weeks of Listening to Singers with Oliver Camacho.
Great Americans, Volume 1
Celebrating some of the best American singers including Jan DeGaetani, Roberta Alexander, and Rockwell Blake.
Kangmin Justin Kim — Star of Santa Fe Opera’s “M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君”
The South Korean countertenor on his core Baroque opera repertoire, Cecilia Bartoli impersonation, and upcoming world premiere.
Opera Through a Queer Lens
A Pride Month episode which sheds light on some of opera's hidden queer moments.
Samuel Hasselhorn on the songs of Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert
The German baritone discusses his two new lieder recordings with pianist Joseph Middleton.
Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen
Highlights from the magical opera which adapts Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Remembering Teresa Berganza
The great Spanish mezzo-soprano is remembered in her signature repertoire.
On Performing Art Song with Clara Osowski and Tyler Wottrich
The award-winning duo discuss their approach to crafting a song recital.
The Inimitable Vivica Genaux
The dazzling coloratura mezzo-soprano joins Oliver to reveal how she became a specialist in 18th century repertoire.
Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton in Recital
A superb young English soprano in a recital of art songs by women composers. Recorded live at Wigmore Hall.
On the Mozart and Rossini Tenor with Frank Lopardo
One of the great Bel Canto specialists discusses his career on stage and in the recording studio.
On Jake Heggie’s “Two Remain”
The composer recounts how the stories of two Holocaust survivors were developed into an opera.
Celebrating the Career of Sir Andrew Davis with Ed Frazier Davis
A playlist curated by composer, baritone, and conductor Ed Frazier Davis to honor his father.
On Women Poets and Composers with Michelle Areyzaga
One of the foremost interpreters of art song curates a playlist of American songs emphasizing women poets and local composers.
On the Air de Cour with Nathalie Colas
An exploration of an intimate genre of 16th and 17th century French lute song.
A More Complete History of American Art Song with Dr. Louise Toppin
Louise Toppin on the influence of Langston Hughes and Chicago's own Margaret Bonds
Songs of Faith and Hope with Shawn E. Okpebholo
An interview with the composer on his new album "Lord, How Come Me Here? – Spirituals, Folk Hymns, and Art Song Reimagined."