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Best in snow

With the orchestra strike happily settled, Lyric Opera of Chicago resumed its season on Wednesday evening with the new-to-Chicago production of Puccini’s perennial audience pleaser La bohème.  It was a spectacularly sung, dramatically riveting evening surrounded by a production by Richard Jones that only really worked for one of the opera’s four acts.  Read more »

Job action in Chicago

BREAKING: The Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM) Local #10-208 is striking against Lyric Opera of Chicago. In a statement, the company warned this action may lead to canceled performances.

E lucevan le stelle

Domingo Hindoyan “got the major climaxes right.”

The Stars of Lyric Opera weren’t under the stars last night, prevented by a persistent cloud bank, but they nonetheless provided a stirring evening of music at the annual free concert, held at the magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park.  It was an ideal venue to showcase Lyric Opera’s orchestra, chorus, and soloists, offering a preview of the upcoming season that opens with La Boheme on October 6. Read more »

Jesus hopped the L train

Just a few years back it would have been seen as ridiculous to put “Lyric Opera of Chicago” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the same sentence.

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Thanks for scaring

I found Fellow Travelers intellectually and politically riveting, musically thrilling, and profoundly moving. It was a triumph. 

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Reframing

The production is at all times visually arresting, but it’s also extremely distracting.

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Puritani, as the driven snow

It was an afternoon of spectacular singing, particularly from the two principals and the glorious Lyric Opera Chorus.

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And one for Handel!

“It’s quite a coup to have Alice Coote starring in not one but two company premieres at Lyric next season.”

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