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  • derschatzgabber: At both of the Walkure performances I saw in SFO (once when Walkure was in the Fall season and once during a complete... 6:59 PM
  • antikitschychick: Gualtier, I thought about what and Niel Rishoi had to say about La Rad’s voice as I was watching the Roberto... 6:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: armerj: LOL a good point that is. Debating a more apt word is. Stressed out I am and two more final exams to go I have... 5:28 PM
  • Cicciabella: Ah, thank you, Porgy, for setting the record straight. 5:11 PM
  • armerjacquino: It was indeed a delightful post. (I don’t like quarreling. Only an idiot likes quarreling. Saying so will doubtless... 5:09 PM
  • antikitschychick: Cicciabella, for posting that review I thank you. (Also, email you about my spring break trip I must! Amsterdam... 5:09 PM
  • grimoaldo: hahaha Particularly interested in this debate I am not but most entertained by this post I certainly was, delightfully written... 5:04 PM
  • antikitschychick: Armerj, smart and righteous you are but taking what I said to the extreme you are because like to quarrel you do ;-).... 4:56 PM

Sher on this shining night

Bartlett Sher’s “new to Chicago” production of Romeo et Juliette came to the Lyric Opera at Monday’s opening after appearances at Salzburg and Milan. For most of the evening, the production worked quite well, moving the iconic star-crossed lovers to 18th century Venice. Musically, however, the evening was a decidedly mixed bag.   Read more »

Sweetness and light

I love the prelude to Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, especially the first soaring phrases.  British guest conductor Edward Gardner gave a balanced, stirring, detailed, and exciting version of the score, played with gusto and verve by the Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Read more »

By Jehovah!

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 »

Chicago announcement

Written on the wind

Greetings from the Windy City, where I, Opera Teen (not pictured) am at the press conference eagerly awaiting the announcement of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2016-2017 season!

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Bel Canto

Dangerous liaisons

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

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Merry Widow

Where have all the bubbles gone?

As a whole, the evening seemed forced and a bit dispiriting.

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bel canto

War paint

“From drab to fab!”

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Freud

Freud Schaden

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ticket sale income decreased by almost $3 million between FY 2014 and FY 2015.

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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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Cenerentola

Mice mice baby

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

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