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Kiss the pearls goodbye

Idol gossip

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s spectacularly colorful and glitzy new production of The Pearl Fishers, which opened on Sunday, seems to date from the era before Orientalism became a dirty word.  Read more »

Girls on horseback

Joy cometh in the mourning

Once you’ve assembled the musical materials for a first-rate Die Walküre—and the new production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has a fine conductor and six excellent singers in its six big roles, and when did you last encounter that combination?—you still need to make sense of the intricate stage drama with a vision that can expand to encompass the entire Ring.  Read more »

Wow factor

Sippen und Hunde ruft er zusammen

Sippen und Hunde ruft er zusammen.

At the end of the stunning Act One of last night’s opening of Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago, I had a most remarkable experience. Audience members around me began saying “Wow!” out loud.  Read more »

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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Just duet

Lyric Opera of Chicago presented a highly anticipated joint recital featuring tenor Lawrence Brownlee, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and accompanist Craig Terry.

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Les feuilles mortes

Lyric Opera of Chicago concluded its 2016-17 season with a spellbinding and wonderfully sung production of Tchaikovsky’s familiar Eugene Onegin

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Occult following

Radvanovsky delivered a vocal and histrionic performance that should be the gold standard Norma for years.

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Jesus Christ! Superstars?

LOC will offer a winning combination of uninspired repertoire and soporific casting.

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