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Henson Keys

Henson Keys (AKA “actfive”) is a Chicago-based actor and director who fell in love with opera while working for the Met Ticket Service in NYC in the early 80’s. An Equity actor since 1974, he has performed in over 130 roles in New York and regional repertory including 46 productions of Shakespeare. From 1999-2015 he was Chair of Acting Programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, having previously led programs at Ohio University and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He also writes opera CD/DVD reviews for Opera News.

Puritani, as the driven snow

“My love for you will last as long as these costumes.”

Going to the opera in Chicago in winter can be a difficult journey. On Sunday afternoon, Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its revival of Bellini’s I puritani in the midst of a snowstorm, a gale warning, and, for us near the lake, a “Heavy Freezing Spray Warning” (a new one on me!).  Read more »

Forever, Amber

Puccini’s final opera Turandot arrived at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Tuesday night in a well-travelled “new to Chicago” production by Allan Charles Klein, already seen in Miami, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco.  Read more »

Wow factor

Sippen und Hunde ruft er zusammen

Sippen und Hunde ruft er zusammen.

At the end of the stunning Act One of last night’s opening of Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago, I had a most remarkable experience. Audience members around me began saying “Wow!” out loud.  Read more »

Plus a little jest

Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago, a rousing performance both musically and dramatically.

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You were dead, you know

Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its 2017-18 season on Saturday evening with a new production of Gluck’s Orphee et Eurydice in the 1774 Paris version.

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Fair game

Only the grand forces of Lyric Opera could bring such power and life to this production of My Fair Lady.

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Just duet

Lyric Opera of Chicago presented a highly anticipated joint recital featuring tenor Lawrence Brownlee, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and accompanist Craig Terry.

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Les feuilles mortes

Lyric Opera of Chicago concluded its 2016-17 season with a spellbinding and wonderfully sung production of Tchaikovsky’s familiar Eugene Onegin

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Occult following

Radvanovsky delivered a vocal and histrionic performance that should be the gold standard Norma for years.

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Winning streak

Like our beloved Cubs, Chicago Lyric Opera is in the midst of a championship season.

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