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Occult following

My first live Norma was in the early 80’s at the Met, during the spring run of Renata Scotto’s ill-fated turn at the role. It was a Tuesday night, if I recall, prior to the Saturday matinee that Scotto cancelled and Adelaide Negri took over. Scotto’s musicianship was her usual impressive standard, but the voice simply wouldn’t do what that great artist wanted it to do. Afterwards, I fell madly in love with the live 1955 La Scala recording, with Callas in fiery form and a great supporting cast and an audience in an absolute frenzy. Read more »

Jesus Christ! Superstars?

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s General Director Anthony Freud and Music Director Sir Andrew Davis (joined by Creative Consultant Renée Fleming) announced today that the company’s 2017-2018 season will offer a winning combination of uninspired repertoire and soporific casting.  Read more »

Winning streak

quichotteLike our beloved Cubs, Chicago Lyric Opera is in the midst of a championship season. So far, Lyric is batting 4 for 4—after an exciting new Rheingold, a solid Lucia, and a splendid Les Troyens, on Saturday night was the opening of a completely satisfying production of Massenet’s late “heroic comedy” Don QuichotteRead more »

Troy story

Lyric Opera of Chicago rose to the challenges mightily in its first-ever performance of Les Troyens.

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Singin’ in the reine

Stepping into the role of Dido will be American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

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‘Tis new to thee

Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor returned to Chicago Lyric Opera on Saturday evening.

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And I’m not throwing away my gold!

I sat through the Met’s Ring twice, and it never occurred to me that any thought had gone into it at all.

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A new beginning

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2016-17 season got off to an exciting start on Saturday night with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

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Sher on this shining night

Bartlett Sher’s “new to Chicago” production of Romeo et Juliette came to the Lyric Opera at Monday’s opening after appearances at Salzburg and Milan.

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Sweetness and light

This was a Rosenkavalier that aspired to excellence and almost achieved it. 

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