Unqualified triumph Unqualified triumph

Since I began regularly attending performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1999, I have been a great admirer of director Francesca Zambello’s productions.

on March 18, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Lyric Opera of Chicago 2024-25 Lyric Opera of Chicago 2024-25

Windy City audiences can look forward to a a season of classics interspersed with a contemporary work and a world premiere

on March 12, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Boxer briefs Boxer briefs

I had some trepidation about attending Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion because the “sport” of boxing has never appealed to me.

on February 06, 2024 at 9:00 AM
To forgive, divine To forgive, divine

Leos Janacek’s 1904 opera Jenufa could be a rather grim affair.

on November 15, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Ohne Ziel, ohne Rast Ohne Ziel, ohne Rast

Instead of following the story, we in the audience spend most of the evening thinking “What?? Why is that happening?”

on September 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Dark and darker Dark and darker

San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago have announced the cancellation of their respective 2020 fall seasons.

on June 16, 2020 at 3:37 PM
Leb’ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches fashion victim! Leb’ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches fashion victim!

Yes, this is the image Lyric Opera of Chicago has chosen to promote its upcoming performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen on social media.

on November 07, 2019 at 6:37 PM
Forever, Amber Forever, Amber

My takeaway from this evening is that I want to hear a lot more from Amber Wagner.

on December 08, 2017 at 2:56 PM
The shock of the new The shock of the new

“The article also referred imprecisely to offerings in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2012-13 season.”

on August 09, 2012 at 3:26 PM

La Cieca has been alerted to be on the lookout later this afternoon for an announcement that Renée Fleming will take on an important administrative position at Lyric Opera of Chicago. It’s not precisely “directa,” but something more comparable to Placido Domingo‘s erstwhile post at Washington National Opera. Anyway, by this afternoon we’ll have a clearer…

on December 09, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Chicago’s opera community has been abuzz about this production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera ever since the 2010-11 Lyric Opera season was announced.  A sumptuous production owned by San Francisco opera, major female stars, a solid male cast of experienced Verdians, and stage direction by the legendary Renata Scotto—what more could one ask?  

on November 25, 2010 at 11:05 PM

La Cieca cannot help losing her heart to a stage director who compares Berg’s Lulu to “early Elizabeth Taylor,” particularly when the regisseur in question is puppylicious Paul Curran. (In this video he’s introducing the opera for his new production at Lyric Opera of Chicago opening in November.) [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/4ebzoFHR8V8″ width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

on September 07, 2008 at 4:04 PM