Opera Series

Saturdays at noon
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series

Operas from the finest stages around the world

From Milan to New York, Barcelona to Chicago, WFMT gives you a front-row seat to performances from some of the world’s greatest opera companies and performers.

Prokofiev’s ‘War and Peace’

Metropolitan Opera | December 5, 2020

Anna Netrebko (Natasha), Gegam Grigorian (Bezukhov), and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Andrei) star in this 2002 performance of Prokofiev’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s enduring masterwork. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

Metropolitan Opera | December 12, 2020

Sebastian Weigle conducts this 2017 performance starring Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Marzelline), and Klaus Florian Vogt (Florestan).

Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Metropolitan Opera | December 19, 2020

Donald Runnicles conducts this 2018 performance featuring Lisette Oropesa (Gretel), Tara Erraught (Hansel), Dolora Zajick (Gertrude), and Gerhard Siegel (Witch).

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (abridged English-language version)

Metropolitan Opera | December 26, 2020

Erik Nielsen conducts this 2010 performance; Susanna Phillips (Pamina), Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night), Russell Thomas (Tamino), and Alan Oke (Monostatos) star.