Listening to Singers with Oliver Camacho

Saturdays at 4:30 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.

On Singing Alfredo with Charles Castronovo

October 16, 2021

The American tenor gives his insight into performing Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata"

A Preview of Orlando with Haymarket Opera Company’s Chase Hopkins

October 9, 2021

Selections performed by star countertenor Bejun Mehta and some of Chicago's leading Baroque specialists with Haymarket's period-instrument orchestra.

Songs for Soothing Grief with Eugenia Cheng

October 2, 2021

Eugenia Cheng selects songs for difficult times.

Tenores mexicanos que cantan Rossini

September 25, 2021

Three fantastic artists — Francisco Araiza, Ramón Vargas, and Javier Camarena.

Ailyn Pérez — Chicago’s Homegrown Diva

September 18, 2021

A conversation with the Mexican-American soprano as she prepares to take the stage in The Elixir of Love at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

COT Season Preview with Lidiya Yankovskaya

September 11, 2021

Chicago Opera Theater's music director previews the new season which includes Jamie Barton's role debut as Carmen.

Sondra Radvanovsky on Singing Lady Macbeth

September 4, 2021

One of the premiere Verdi sopranos previews a tour de force role debut.

A Pastoral English Songbook

August 28, 2021

A program of songs by Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ivor Gurney

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! with Lucas Meachem

August 21, 2021

Lucas Meachem on "the hardest aria in the lyric baritone repertoire."

The Chest Voice

August 14, 2021

A rebroadcast of the first episode of Listening to Singers

Improve Your Vocabulary with Henry Purcell

August 7, 2021

Epithalamium, epicedium, and other SAT words learned by listening to Purcell.

A More Complete History of American Art Song with Dr. Louise Toppin

July 31, 2021

Louise Toppin on the influence of Chicago's own Margaret Bonds

Replete with Rigolettos

July 24, 2021

A survey of some of the great recordings of the benchmark Verdi baritone role.

Remembering Lorraine Hunt Lieberson with guest Drew Minter

July 17, 2021

The luminous mezzo-soprano was universally praised for her insightful and deeply affecting artistry. This week, countertenor and stage director Drew Minter, joins Oliver to remember his friend and colleague.

Monteverdi meets World

July 10, 2021

A survey of "Early Fusion" interpretations of Monteverdi

American Fireworks!

July 3, 2021

Five flashy soprano arias from American operas

An Appreciation of Brigitte Fassbaender

June 26, 2021

Selections from one of the world’s most acclaimed opera and Lieder singers who celebrates her 82nd birthday on July 3.

An AIDS Quilt Songbook with Sing for Hope co-founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora

June 19, 2021

Selections from the all-star volunteer album to benefit amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Learning to Love Lully

June 12, 2021

Unlocking the secrets to enjoying early French opera — a genre that presents many obstacles, but has many rewards.

Three Outspoken Artists – Jamie Barton, Patricia Racette, and Laurie Rubin

June 5, 2021

The first episode for Pride Month spotlights three openly lesbian or bisexual artists.