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  • Poison Ivy: Uh, Cocky, I’m really curious: how is diDonato a “lousy” ; singer? She doesn’t have a very easy, free... 5:38 PM
  • kashania: AJ: I meant to say that we probably heard different performances. For the one I heard/saw, she was with Alagna and Gagnidze. It... 5:29 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Dasch, Racette, Magee, Harteros, Herlitzius are all very impressive singers (shame about Wilson – joke). I thought... 5:17 PM
  • redbear: It was announced that Chatelet’s “Singin in the Rain” will be coming to Broadway and a city near you after they... 5:09 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’ll just leave this brilliant Dame Gwyneth In Questa Reggia from a 1980s gala here :-) httpv:// 4:58 PM
  • armerjacquino: Ah, I’ve been unclear. When I said ‘broadcast&# 8217; I meant on the radio. 4:46 PM
  • kashania: AJ: I had the opposite reaction. I found Racette’s HD Tosca underwhelming both vocally and temperamentally. But I really... 4:45 PM
  • PCally: Armer, I was there and wasn’t impressed. I thought she made Ruhr told too much of a victim, too sympathetic. What I find so... 4:34 PM

Where have all the bubbles gone?

Susan Stroman’s relatively new Metropolitan Opera production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow translated well to Lyric Opera of Chicago when I attended Tuesday night, the second performance of the run. Read more »

War paint

Maybe it’s just the gay DNA talking, but La Cieca could swear that the ad Lyric Opera of Chicago for a Bel Canto-related webcast tonight was actually a promo for a Kevyn Aucoin-type extreme makeover. “From drab to fab!”  Read more »

Freud Schaden

Photo: M. Spencer Green / Associated PressLyric Opera of Chicago’s newly-released financial reports for fiscal year 2015 reveal the company’s ticket sale income decreased by almost $3 million between FY 2014 and FY 2015, a drop of more than 10%. Last year the company sold $25,880,310 in tickets and spent $74,797,144 on program costs, administration and development.  A highlight of LOC’s current season, as planned and executed by general director Anthony Freud (pictured) will be a revival of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette starring Eric Cutler and Susanna Phillips.   [LOC Financial Statements 2015]

Wozzeck 2

Hell on wheels

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.

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Mice mice baby

This “new-to-Chicago” production is a sheer pleasure from beginning to end.

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Pop! Six! Squish! Uh-uh!

“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.”

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Renee Overjoyed

The art of ‘Bel Canto’

La Cieca is sure that you will be as thrilled as Creative Consultant Renée Fleming over the 2015-2016 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Anna Bolena

Let’s make it regal

Having heard a bit of the opening night broadcast and read some decidedly mixed reviews, I was totally unprepared for the remarkable performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena that I attended on December 15 at Chicago Lyric Opera.

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chicago the success

How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

Worried about the future of opera in America? Don’t be!

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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.

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