For more than a decade, Tamara Wilson has sung leading soprano roles on the world's great opera stages. Yet Wilson, who grew up in Naperville, is only now making her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut this season in "Il trovatore" ("The Troubadour"). "A lot of my family and friends from the suburbs would go, 'Are you sure you're an opera singer? Because...

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Rossini's "Semiramide" from Opera Delaware. The production stars Lindsay Ohse in the title role, with Aleksandra Romano as Arsace and Daniel Mobbs as Assur. Anthony Barrese conducts. The opera is sung in Italian. To see the libretto in Italian and English, click here. 

Verdi’s monumental and altogether ravishing “Requiem” is a signature work of Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Their recording of the great operatic mass was the winner of two Grammy Awards (Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance) in 2010. But in light of the recent horrific plague of senseless shootings...

If you’re thinking of heading out for Italian this weekend, the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean has a special you might want to consider. “Bella Italia” will offer a veritable tour of the pasta peninsula, featuring works by Schubert, Ravel, Hertel and Mendelssohn this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4. Under the direction of Maestro Adam Fl...

This is the best time of year for classical music. It’s that post-summer, pre-Christmas period when orchestras, chamber groups and vocal companies bring out their most serious work. They know people are paying attention and they try to deliver the high-level goods that keep audiences interested. This year’s mid-fall season comes in a multitude of s...

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 61st season with a perennial audience favorite, Puccini's Madama Butterfly. In a stunning traditional production from The Dallas Opera and directed by Ron Daniels in his Lyric Opera debut, Madama Butterfly tells the tragic love story of a young geisha and her doomed marriage to a swaggering U.S. Naval office...

You might not know it, but starting this Friday, October 26, through Sunday, November 4 is National Opera Week. Looking for a way to celebrate? Try seeing Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “Norma,” presented by the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) this Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. “Norma,” first pe...

Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” (“The Girl of the West”) is up next in the Met: Live in HD series of simulcasts at Guild Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. Based on the play “The Girl of the Golden West” by the American writer David Belasco, the opera premiered at the Met in 1910. The production stars the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie, the gun-sl...

Cifre da capogiro per la rappresentazione della Tosca di Giacomo Puccini all’Opera House di San Francisco. Nove rappresentazioni in due mesi e trentacinquemila biglietti venduti che chiude alla grande il novantaseiesimo anno di vita della famosa Opera House.  La prima rappresentazione della Tosca a San Francisco risale al 2 Ottobre 1923 e fu condot...

Opera Colorado opens its 2018-19 season in just a few weeks, with an opulent production of Verdi's La Traviata-one of the most beloved operatic works of all time. The production opens Saturday, November 3, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with additional performances on November 6, 9, and 11. This Romantic masterpiece overflows with Verdi's brilli...