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.

Mozart and the Oboe — the Instrument of Love

January 15, 2022

Discover how Mozart used the oboe to add subtext to his sacred music and operas.

2022 Grammy Nominees

January 8, 2022

A survey of the nominees for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Solo Vocal Album including the Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, Opera Philadelphia’s recording of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, and albums by former Listening to Singers guests Will Liverman and Laura Strickling.

2021 In Memoriam

January 1, 2022

A tribute to artists we lost in 2021, including Gianna Rolandi, Carmen Balthrop, and Giuseppe Giacomini.

Margaret Bonds’s The Ballad of the Brown King

December 25, 2021

A nativity story that centers the darkest-skinned of the Three Kings.

Ornaments! with lutenist Brandon Acker

December 18, 2021

Oliver and Brandon demonstrate essential ornaments like the appoggiatura and the trill.

Mark Adamo’s “Becoming Santa Claus”

December 11, 2021

The composer and librettist offers a preview of his opera in advance of its Chicago premiere.

Broadway star, operatic bass, and actor Zachary James

December 4, 2021

Meet one of the star's of the Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed production of Akhnaten.

Saint Nicolas, a cantata by Benjamin Britten

November 27, 2021

A charming work for amateur musicians that illustrates Britten's uncompromising genius.

On Singing Handel with Sherezade Panthaki

November 20, 2021

The soprano soloist from Music of the Baroque's "A Thanksgiving Messiah" on the challenges and pleasures of singing Handel.

Art Song 101 with Gretchen Eng

November 13, 2021

What is art song and how is it different than opera?

A Preview of Florencia en el Amazonas with Ana María Martínez

November 6, 2021

The star of Lyric Opera's upcoming production shares why she is so passionate about this Spanish language opera.

On Polish Art Song with Adela Skowronski

October 30, 2021

The 2021 WFMT Andrew Patner Fellow's guide to art song by Polish composers.

Edita Gruberova, Queen of Coloratura

October 23, 2021

A tribute to the legendary artist who died at the age of 74 on October 18th.

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.