The WFMT 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.

Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten

Vienna State Opera | June 22, 2024

This opera, renowned for its intricate psychological depth and lavish score, weaves a tale of a fairy empress on a quest to gain a shadow—symbolizing her desire for motherhood and human connection.

Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

Utrecht Early Music Festival | June 29, 2024

A baroque interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this semi-opera combines Purcell’s exquisite music with spoken drama and dance, celebrating the enchantment and complexities of love in a fantastical setting.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Opéra de Lille | July 6, 2024

Featuring Timothy Murray as the licentious nobleman Don Giovanni, alongside James Platt as the Commendatore and Emőke Baráth as his daughter Donna Anna.

Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold

Royal Opera House | July 13, 2024

A London performance of the majestic story of Das Rheingold, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Christopher Maltman is Wotan, the god of battle, Christopher Purves sings Alberich, with Sean Panikkar as Loge. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the first of the four chapters that make up Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Richard Strauss’s Elektra

Royal Opera House | July 20, 2024

Aušrinė Stundytė takes the lead role, with notable performances by Sara Jakubiak as Elektra’s sister Chrysothemis, and Karita Mattila sings the role of their mother in this intense drama. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée

Opéra de Paris | July 27, 2024

This opera delves into the dark and tragic tale of Médée, portrayed by Lea Desandre, who uses her sorceress powers in vengeful acts against her unfaithful lover, Jason.