Listening to Singers with Oliver Camacho

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

July 2, 2022

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”

June 25, 2022

The South Korean countertenor on his core Baroque opera repertoire, Cecilia Bartoli impersonation, and upcoming world premiere.

Opera Through a Queer Lens

June 18, 2022

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

June 11, 2022

The German baritone discusses his two new lieder recordings with pianist Joseph Middleton.

Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

June 4, 2022

Highlights from the magical opera which adapts Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Shropshire Lad

May 28, 2022

Songs of nostalgia, war, and the heartbreak of unrequited love.

Remembering Teresa Berganza

May 21, 2022

The great Spanish mezzo-soprano is remembered in her signature repertoire.

Songs for Soothing Grief with Eugenia Cheng

May 7, 2022

Eugenia Cheng selects songs for difficult times.

On Performing Art Song with Clara Osowski and Tyler Wottrich

April 30, 2022

The award-winning duo discuss their approach to crafting a song recital.

The Inimitable Vivica Genaux

April 23, 2022

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

April 16, 2022

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

April 9, 2022

One of the great Bel Canto specialists discusses his career on stage and in the recording studio.

On Jake Heggie’s “Two Remain”

April 2, 2022

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

March 19, 2022

A playlist curated by composer, baritone, and conductor Ed Frazier Davis to honor his father.

On Women Poets and Composers with Michelle Areyzaga

March 12, 2022

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

March 5, 2022

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

February 26, 2022

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

The Impeccable Artistry of VOCES8

February 19, 2022

An interview with members of the revered British vocal ensemble.

Songs of Faith and Hope with Shawn E. Okpebholo

February 12, 2022

An interview with the composer on his new album "Lord, How Come Me Here? – Spirituals, Folk Hymns, and Art Song Reimagined."

Rising Stars in Opera

February 5, 2022

A crop of exciting new singers including Justin Austin, Jeanine De Bique, and Noah Stewart.

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