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 »
Lyric 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]
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.”
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.
Worried about the future of opera in America? Don’t be!