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.

Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’

Metropolitan Opera | May 15, 2021

From 2016: Simon Rattle conducts Nina Stemme (Isolde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Brangäne), Stuart Skelton (Tristan), Evgeny Nikitin (Kurwenal), and René Pape (King Marke).

Bellini’s ‘I Puritani’

Metropolitan Opera | May 22, 2021

From 2017: Maurizio Benini conducts Diana Damrau (Elvira Walton) and Javier Camarena (Lord Arturo Talbot).

Verdi’s ‘Otello’

Metropolitan Opera | May 29, 2021

From 2015: Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Dimitri Pittas (Cassio), and Željko Lučić (Iago).

Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’

Metropolitan Opera | June 5, 2021

From 1997: Steuart Bedford conducts Philip Langridge (Captain Vere), Dwayne Croft (Billy Budd), James Morris (Claggart), Victor Braun (Mr. Redburn), Julien Robbins (Lt. Ratcliffe), James Courtney (Mr. Flint), Paul Plishka (Dansker)