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Fair game

I consider myself one of the last “opera snobs” who objected mightily to Lyric Opera of Chicago’s five-year-old series of adding a Broadway musical to the end of every season. Even my friend, the late great Jason McVicker, cancelled his Lyric subscription when it became clear that this was to be a once a year event. But even Jason caved, for Showboat as I recall.  Read more »

Just duet

On Sunday afternoon, Lyric Opera of Chicago presented a highly anticipated joint recital featuring tenor Lawrence Brownlee, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and accompanist Craig Terry. It was two hours of excellent music-making, the first half consisting of operatic arias and excerpts followed by the second half of spirituals and popular songs.  Read more »

Les feuilles mortes

Lyric Opera of Chicago concluded its 2016-17 season (at least the opera part of it) with a spellbinding and wonderfully sung production of Tchaikovsky’s familiar Eugene OneginRead more »

Occult following

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

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Jesus Christ! Superstars?

LOC will offer a winning combination of uninspired repertoire and soporific casting.

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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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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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