Thanks for scaring

Lyric Opera Unlimited, the education and outreach program of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has done our fair city a great favor by producing Fellow Travelers, the new Gregory SpearsGreg Pierce opera commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera in 2016. I caught the last of four performances on Sunday afternoon in the beautiful, old 984-seat Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. I found the performance intellectually and politically riveting, musically thrilling, and profoundly moving. It was a triumph.  Read more »

Reframing

The work of the sculptor John Frame (here serving as Production Designer) is the inspiration for Kevin Newbury’s new production of Gounod’s familiar Faust that opened Saturday night at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Here Faust is envisioned as an aging artist, and it is in his studio that the opera begins. Faust has created a sculpture of Mephistopheles, and it comes to life through the use of multi-media screens and projections. Once Mephistopheles arrives, we move through the opera as if seeing it inside Faust’s head.  Read more »

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 »

And one for Handel!

“It’s quite a coup to have Alice Coote starring in not one but two company premieres at Lyric next season.”

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Kiss the pearls goodbye

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s spectacularly colorful and glitzy new production of The Pearl Fishers opened on Sunday.

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Girls on horseback

It’s a fairly traditional post-Patrice-Chereau Ring, set during the Industrial Revolution.

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Sippen und Hunde ruft er zusammen

Wow factor

The second installment of Lyric’s Ring Cycle proved an evening of glorious singing, moving drama, great conducting and orchestral playing.

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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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