When Maestro Carlo Rizzi lifted his baton and began leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra in a stirring, detailed account of the overture to Nabucco, the electrified audience knew we were in for an exciting evening of music making. And indeed we were. Verdi’s third opera and his first big success requires a cast of powerful, full throated singers with a wide range and great stamina. On Saturday night at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, we certainly had them. Read more »
UPDATE: I am now rushing to make a 3:00 flight. Details of the press conference cannot be divulged until 2:00 PM CST. Check back here at parterre for the tidings! Read more »
There was a certain frisson in the air entering Chicago Lyric Opera last night, and not just in anticipation of attending the world premiere of a new work by Jimmy Lopez (music) and Nilo Cruz (libretto), Bel Canto. Particularly for those who read Ann Patchett’s splendid novel on which the opera is based, there was a certain sense of danger at attending an opera about a terrorist attack and hostage-taking. Read more »
As a whole, the evening seemed forced and a bit dispiriting.
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ticket sale income decreased by almost $3 million between FY 2014 and FY 2015.
Absent from Chicago Lyric Opera’s repertory for 21 years, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck came roaring into town on Sunday afternoon in a stunning new production by Sir David McVicar.
This “new-to-Chicago” production is a sheer pleasure from beginning to end.
“In a sudden, stunning, and largely unexplained change in procedure, Lyric Opera of Chicago has opted not to release any details of its financial performance for FY2015 that ended yesterday.”