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Dream a little dream

Jules Massenet’s version of the Cinderella fairy tale, Cendrillon, seems to be back in vogue after many years of obscurity, and the major reason for the revival of interest is the spectacularly inventive Laurent Pelly production already a hit in Santa Fe, London, Brussels, Lille, Barcelona, the Met, and now running in its first performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Read more »

Great Chicago fire

If sheer clarion vocalism is what draws you to the opera, then hie thee to Lyric Opera of Chicago’s rousing revival Of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, the oddly plotted but musically sublime opera that opened last night in the David McVicar production, originally seen in 2006.   Read more »

First action hero

After a so-so Rheingold and a much better Walkure, director David Pountney and his splendid designers have brought Lyric Opera of Chicago a visually spectacular Siegfried full of daring ideas, much-needed humor, excellent singing and acting, tongue-in-cheek anachronisms, and vivid storytelling.  Read more »

Her heart will be blessed with the sound of music and she’ll sing once more

“Renée Fleming herself will sing, of course…”

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Beyond the sea

Those readers who know my musical tastes will not be shocked to find that I have a somewhat conflicted view of Mozart’s operatic works.

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Best in snow

Lyric Opera of Chicago resumed its season on Wednesday evening with the new-to-Chicago production of Puccini’s perennial audience pleaser La bohème.

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Job action in Chicago

The Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM) Local #10-208 is striking against Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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E lucevan le stelle

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 in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

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