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  • Milady DeWinter: I agree, Peter – Hartig’s poetic line and lovely arcs of tone were beautiful to... 12:33 PM
  • manou: I think the stock expression is “giving stick” to Norman. 12:32 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: This is the BEST Jessye I have ever encountered!!! Love her ability to master an... 12:27 PM
  • messa di voce: She could have cut a few verses, but I think she sounds pretty damn good. 12:23 PM
  • peter: The voice is not a wow, at least on the broadcast as Anita Hartig’s was last year but I’m... 12:17 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Ok well I could have been wrong. But I definitely thought I heard the same key change that... 12:09 PM
  • La Cieca: I’ve deleted out the text about the transpositions pending a check against the broadcast.... 12:07 PM
  • Patrick Mack: My eyes! My ears! AAAAAAAAAARRRRRGH! 12:00 PM
  • Patrick Mack: ‘Golf Claps’. Classic Poison. Brava. 11:53 AM
  • calaf47: I just checked with another friend…who also recorded it…..no transposition. When I saw... 11:50 AM

How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

Worried about the future of opera in America? Don’t be! Lyric Opera of Chicago’s most recent crowing press release outlines a simple method by which any opera company can stay in the black! Read more »

The children’s hour

Ever on the avant-garde, Lyric Opera of Chicago has embraced the cutting-edge technology of “phonography” as part of their effort to attract young audiences: “The Magic Victrola is a brand-new presentation created for families with children ages 5-10…. While playing in their grandparents’ attic, two children discover a mysterious trunk filled with costumes, props, opera albums, and a beautiful vintage record player. What happens when they start to listen to the music? Scenes from beloved operas—including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Bizet’s Carmen—magically come to life!” Read more »

They’ve gone about as far as they can go

“Last year, Freud sold 80 percent of available seats during the 2012-13 Lyric Opera season. That represented 264,000 tickets purchased, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. But much of that ticket sales increase was attributable to last season’s addition of the musical Oklahoma! at the end of the opera season. Lyric wound up in the black for the year, but only with the addition of $4.8 million in reserve monies from its Campaign for Excellence Fund.” [Chicago Business Journal]

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Sinking ship

Billy Zane, star of James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic and Broadway’s  Chicago,  cast as Captain von Trapp.”

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You’ll sometimes walk alone

Carousel – New Production/Lyric Opera Premiere. Denyce Graves; remaining cast TBA. Rob Fisher/conductor, Rob Ashford/director; remaining creative team TBA.”

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Out of Touch

In a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing.

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With one look

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2014-2015 season will consist of Tannhäuser, The Passenger, Tosca, Porgy and Bess, Il Trovatore, Anna Bolena, Capriccio and Don Giovanni.

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Built in a day

“The La clemenza di Tito contract will be offered as a ‘Solo Dancer’ contract and requires 8 physically fit men…. The David McVicar production…”

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Wack on Wacker

The announcement of the 2013-2014 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago is not good news at all.

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Even smiling makes my face ache

You might even call it “fun.”

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