Jamie Barton: Opera Must “embrace the move towards feminine power”

WFMT talks with the outspoken mezzo-soprano about what it means to take on the role of Carmen, why she’s excited to open the COT season, and how modern-day audiences and artists can best confront the more outdated aspects of Carmen and other beloved operas.

Chicago Opera Theater Announces Live, In-Person 2021-22 Season

From Carmen to Claus, learn what is in store for the next season of Chicago Opera Theater.

‘The reach is exponentially larger’: How Kamala Sankaram Brings New Audiences, Stories to Opera

In the words of composer Kamala Sankaram, the opera ‘Taking Up Serpents’ is about “negotiating one’s faith in the modern world, particularly through the lens of women.”

COT Pivots to Digital, Expands Season

Chicago Opera Theater has revised its 2020-21 season with digital livestreams and additional performances.

Refuge from Silence: COT, Refugee Orchestra Return to Live Stage

A collaborative performance with Chicago Opera Theater, the Refugee Orchestra Project, and conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya seeks to express the importance of refugee populations in American music and around the world.