Ravinia has been cutting back substantially on the number of vocal recitals it is presenting in recent seasons, which is a real shame, given that these were often among the most enjoyable events of the summer season. For this first and only recital this year, the marketing department is promising a “Singing Sensation Debut,” which may be a bit optimistic, but British baritone Christopher Maltman is making his Chicago debut a decade after first gaining international attention by winning the 1997 Cardiff Prize for lieder and is known for his good looks, a pleasing baritone voice and immaculate diction. Joined by pianist Roger Vignoles, the rather frothy program includes songs of Schumann, Purcell, Britten, Paladilhe, Debussy and Poulenc. (Dennis Polkow)
July 27 at Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theater, Lake-Cook and Green Bay Rds., Highland Park, (847)266-5100. 8pm. $10-$40.