11 New Chicago Ensembles You Should Know

For naysayers who think classical music is on the decline, these Chicago-based performing groups offer the perfect response. All founded in the past three years, they’re offering fresh takes on repertoire familiar and unfamiliar, expanding the musical canon and enlivening the musical life of our city.

QUIZ | Can you name the most popular operas of the past 15 years?

They’re classics for a reason! We found the top 30 most popular operas worldwide since 2004. Can you name them?

‘My dream is for Chicago to be at the forefront of new opera’: Meet Ashley Magnus, COT’s New General Director

A new leader has taken the reins at Chicago Opera Theater. On January 18, COT’s board of directors appointed Ashley Magnus as the new Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson General Director. With the trio of Magnus, music director Lidiya Yankovskaya, and board president Susan Irion, COT represents one of the first major opera companies led by women at the executive, …

Video | Soprano Tamara Wilson Sings Music Inspired by Female Astronauts

With pianist Justina Lee, Wilson shared a selection from Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Weightless Dreams, a song cycle composed for Wilson based on the writings and experiences of women astronauts.

Lyric Backstage Video: Janai Brugger, Angela Brower, Sing ‘Idomeneo’ Excerpts

In an exclusive backstage performance, WFMT hosted a Facebook live with two of the starring performers of Lyric’s new-to-Chicago presentation of Idomeneo.

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