The Philharmonic Remembers Pierre Boulez

The broadcast features works by Wagner, Mahler, Stravinsky, Berg, Debussy and Carter plus some of Mr. Boulez’s own music.

Barenboim Conducts Bruckner 8

We will hear the CSO’s ninth music director conducting Bruckner, Strauss, and Wagner.

Dresden Staatskapelle presents works by Weber, Wagner, and R. Strauss

Christian Thielemann leads the Dresden Staatskapelle in an exceptional performance of audience favorites.

Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Dashing Austrian tenor Andreas Schager returns as the knight Tannhäuser in Wagner’s ravishing opera of love, lust, and redemption.

Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman

A production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, featuring Georg Zeppenfeld, Elisabeth Teige, Tomislav Mužek, Nadine Weissmann, Attilio Glaser, and Michael Volle as the Dutchman. Oksana Lyniv conducts.

Last Night of the Proms

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and soprano Lise Davidsen join conductor Marin Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the celebratory conclusion of the 2023 Proms.

Catching Up with Ryan Speedo Green

“It is rare, not only for a male singer who’s not a tenor, but especially a bass-baritone to be able to do this kind of concert with an orchestra like the Chicago Philharmonic.”

Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Wagner’s audience-favorite Tannhäuser stars Endrik Wottrich stars in the title role.

Payare & Röschmann

Guest conductor Rafael Payare leads music by William Grant Still and Johannes Brahms before welcoming German soprano Dorothea Röschmann to perform Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.

Little Traveling Music, Please

Wanderers, farewells, and sightseeing; people are always on the go. This week, Bill calls up, “A Little Traveling Music, Please” from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington, and more. Reflections from such travels infuse themselves into their works, as we will discover throughout the week. We will hear selections from Beethoven’s Les Adieux, Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin, and Haydn’s …

Christopher Keene and the Syracuse Symphony

Christopher Keene, the music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 1975 to 1984, leads works by Richard Wagner, Alexander Borodin, and Frederick Delius.

Playlist: Loud Classical Music

Whether you are looking to rev up for the race or drown out the din, this playlist of cacophonous classical music is for you.

Mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung, Pianists Chris Reynolds and Craig Terry, and Violinist John Macfarlane

Ryan Opera Center Members mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung and pianist Chris Reynolds are joined by Lyric Opera of Chicago violinist John Macfarlane and Ryan Opera Center’s Music Director, pianist Craig Terry, in an eclectic program of music by Richard Wagner, Vasyl Barvinsky, Stella Jang, and Marta Keen.

Grace Bumbry, 1st Black singer at Bayreuth, dies at 86

Bumbry was among the winners of the 1958 Met National Council Auditions. She had a recital debut in Paris that same year and made her Paris Opéra debut in 1960.

Thielemann Conducts Bruckner

Christian Thielemann returns to the CSO podium to conduct Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Tchaikovsky and a Premiere by Julia Adolphe

Cynthia Phelps is featured as soloist in Unearth, Release, a new concerto by Julia Adolphe.

Lyric Opera 2023-2024 Season: Dutchman, Aida, Cinderella, Audra

Next year’s lineup of six mainstage operas offers choices for traditional and contemporary opera fans alike.

Playlist: Classical Fire and Flames

The Great Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871. Here’s some music that takes inspiration from flames.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann takes on Tristan, opera’s voice killer

Ten years ago, tenor Jonas Kaufmann was hesitant about taking on heavy Wagnerian roles like the hero of “Tristan und Isolde.” Now, at age 51, Kaufmann is ready to perform a role so challenging, it’s known as a voice killer.

Chicago stages drive-through Wagner in underground garage

The production is called “Twilight: Gods” and comes a year after Lyric Opera’s production of the complete Ring cycle was scuttled by the pandemic.

Playlist: Classical Music Inspired by Flowers and Nature

Many composers have also answered the call of springtime’s riotous colors during this, the blooming season.

Eric Owens To Miss Lyric’s 2020 Ring Cycle, Replacements Announced

The celebrated American bass-baritone was slated to appear as Wotan but has withdrawn because of health issues.

Robbie Ellis’ Comedy Tunes Prove that Classical Music Can Be Funny [Videos]

Think you know a lot about classical music? Robbie Ellis, WFMT host, composer, music director, and comedy songmaker extraordinaire shares four untold musical revelations that will have your head spinning!

Met Opera to hold celebration of Jessye Norman on Nov. 24

Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Lise Davidsen, J’Nai Bridges, and Leah Hawkins are scheduled to perform, the company said Wednesday, along with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

From 2014: Jessye Norman Visits WFMT

WFMT is deeply saddened to learn that soprano Jessye Norman has died at age 74. As a tribute to her inspiring life and career, we are re-sharing this story from when Ms. Norman herself visited WFMT.