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.

Hao’s A Village Teacher

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts | October 8, 2022

Likely the first time that this Mandarin-language production by Chinese composer Hao Weiya has been heard on US radio!

Verdi’s Il Corsaro

Opera Festival of Chicago | October 15, 2022

Giuseppe Verdi’s bombastic 1848 opera plunges us into the swashbuckling world of seafaring pirates.

Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice

Opera Festival of Chicago | October 22, 2022

L’Inganno Felice, Rossini’s one act opera, was an instant success after its premiere in 1812, creating a worldwide sensation thanks to the beauty of its music from overture to finale.

Verdi’s Aida

LA Opera | October 29, 2022

In this stunning, James Conlon-conducted performance of Verdi’s audience favorite, Latonia Moore and Russell Thomas star as secret lovers from rival kingdoms.

Bologne’s L’Amant anonyme

Haymarket Opera Company | November 5, 2022

Joseph Bologne’s only extant opera comes to the stage with a star-studded cast, sumptuous ballets, the complete original French dialogue, and costumes fit for Marie Antoinette herself.

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts | November 12, 2022

The second set of NCPA productions begins with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Mélissa Petit and Francesco Demuro in the title roles. Patrick Fournillier conducts.

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts | November 19, 2022

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale stars Bruno Pratico in the title role, with Ekaterina Bakanova as Noria, Shi Yijie as Ernesto, and more. Daniele Callegari conducts.

Verdi’s Falstaff

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts | November 26, 2022

Verdi’s Falstaff features Roberto de Candia in the title role, with Rachele Stanisci as Alice, Filippo Polinelli as Ford, and more

Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts | December 3, 2022

WFMT Opera Series Season Finale: Donizetti’s fabulous L’Elisir D’Amore stars Serena Gamberoni in the role of Adina alongside Francesco Meli as Nemorino and Liu Songhu as Belcore.