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 Mozart

February 20, 2021

This third program for Black History Month will feature artists who excel in Mozart. Although the types of voices considered to be appropriate for 18th century music has changed over the years, singers like Reri Grist, Barbara Hendricks, and the late Christiane Eda-Pierre have always been able to meet Mozart’s technical demands.

Art Song and Gospel — An Hour with Will Liverman

February 13, 2021

This week, Listening to Singers begins at 4 p.m. and features a conversation with baritone Will Liverman. The Ryan Opera Center alum has debuted in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Opera News writes that Liverman’s career “offers a model for what opera could be in the twenty-first ...

On Singing Bel Canto

February 6, 2021

This first program for Black History Month will feature artists who excel in the music from the Bel Canto era of Italian opera. A timespan that begins with the operas of Rossini and continues through Verdi’s middle career, the term bel canto is also used to describe the singing style of the era — a technical approach which has its ...

How to Love Schubert Lieder

January 30, 2021

A celebration of Franz Schubert’s 224th birthday. This week, Oliver shares six of his favorite Lieder (German for art songs) by Schubert, including a scary ballad about a dwarf, a touching episode from Greek mythology, and an old-fashioned sing-along. LISTENING TIP: Art song is all about the poetry. If we were at a concert of these songs, you would be ...

Countertenor Cornucopia

January 23, 2021

This week, Oliver introduces you to six countertenors and offers a handy nomenclature to help you distinguish them. Which one will touch the heart with artful sensitivity? Which one will thrill you with spectacular vocal fireworks? And the most important question…who sings the highest!?