Johan Botha stars in the title role of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser at Lyric Opera of Chicago through March 6. “I’ve conducted all Wagner’s major operas except Tannhäuser – and I’m so looking forward to it,” says music director Sir Andrew Davis. “Johan Botha’s voice is fantastic and has immense power – he can thrill you with the sound of a trumpet, and seduce you with this beautiful sense of intimacy as well. No one can sing this role as he can.” The opera will be sung in German with projected English translations. For details, call 312-827-5600 or visit www.lyricopera.org.
Apollo Chorus performs its Choral Classics concert featuring Britten’s Simple Symphony, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Schubert’s Mass in A-flat at 7:30 p.m. on March 7 at University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel on 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue. For tickets ($10- $30), call 312-427-5620 or visit www.apollochorus.org.
In collaboration with Chicago period-instrument orchestra Ars Antigua, Bella Voce presents a Camerata concert featurting soprano Henriët Fourie, countertenor Thomas Aláan, and tenor Matthew Dean at 8:30 p.m. on March 6 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on 939 Hinman Avenue in Evanston; and at 3:30 p.m. on March 8 at St. Clement Parish on 642 W Deming Place in Chicago. For tickets ($15-$38) and more information, visit www.bellavoce.org.
On March 6, the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble will present Contemporary Latvia: Ešenvalds and Ratniece. Days later, Bienen School faculty member Emily Ellsworth will conduct the Northwestern University Singers’ Incantations at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. For information on both shows, visit www.pickstaiger.org.
Chicago Sinfonietta presents its spring concert Primal Instincts at 8 p.m. on March 21 at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College in Naperville; and again at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at Symphony Center in Chicago. “One of the wonderful things about music is that it can take us on a journey. In this concert, entitled Primal Instincts, music becomes an intense, visceral experience, and through it we can explore the full gamut of human emotions and desires,” says conductor Mei-Ann Chen. “The three remarkable works we will perform, with their connecting, interweaving themes of romance, passion, and human vices, combine to bring us on an incredible excursion.” For details, visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.