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Jul. 24 2017

09/02/17 – The Ghosts of Versailles – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano Libretto by William M. Hoffman Sung in English. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/26/17 – Marriage of Figaro – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Marriage of Figaro by by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte Sung in Italian. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   The wily barber and part-time matchmaker has finally fallen in love, but–like everything else in Figaro’s life–it’s complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/19/17 – Barber of Seville – 1PM

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LA Opera on air The Barber of Seville by by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Sung in Italian. Three hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission. Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the spunky Rosina, whose doddering guardian is determined to marry her himself. It’s Figaro to the rescue, as the resourceful barber conjures […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/12/17 – Tales of Hoffman – 1pm

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THE TALES OF HOFFMANN By Jacques Offenbach IN FRENCH Approximate running time: three hours, 35 minutes, including two intermissions front page photo: So Young Park as Olympia, with Rodell Rosel (at right, behind her) as Spalanzani in Act One of LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.” Photo: Ken Howard / LA Opera OVERVIEW he sensational Diana […]

Jul. 24 2017

8/05/17 – Macbeth @1pm – LA Opera Returns!

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MACBETH By Giuseppe Verdi IN ITALIAN Approximate running time: three hours, including one intermission. front page photo credit: Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth) and Placido Domingo (Macbeth) in LA Opera’s 2016 production of Verdi’s “Macbeth.” (Photo: Karen Almond / LA Opera) OVERVIEW Plácido Domingo and James Conlon unite again in a powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic thriller. […]

Jun. 07 2017

07/29/17 – Tannhäuser – 1PM

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Lyric Opera of Chicago by Richard Wagner In German with projected English texts Approximate running time: 4hrs, 11 min Front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Only gods can live in endless bliss. Tannhäuser, minstrel and renegade, is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host […]

Jun. 07 2017

07/22/17 – Don Giovanni – 1pm

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Lyric Opera of Chicago by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart In Italian with projected English texts Approximate running time: 3hrs, 30 min front page photo credit: Michael Brosilow Bad boys finish last. He’s selfish. He’s arrogant. He’s dangerous. With a list of conquests longer than a phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls […]

Jun. 07 2017

07/15/17 – Eugene Onegin – 1pm

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EUGENE ONEGIN by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performed in Russian with projected English translations front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Eugene Onegin Opera Overview “Kwiecien has a magnificent dark sound, with rare power and just enough grainy ruggedness.” – The Washington Post on Mariusz Kwiecien “Martínez’s rich, lustrous, and voluptuous soprano…[has] gutsy power in her low […]

Jun. 07 2017

07/08/17 – Carmen – 1pm

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NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION CARMEN by Georges Bizet Performed in French with projected English translations front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Carmen Opera Overview “Gubanova is heart-rending as she keeps rushing headlong towards a final destiny whose horror we sense long before she does.” – Toronto Star on Ekaterina Gubanova “Her tone is robust and full of […]

Jun. 07 2017

07/01/17 – Norma – 1pm

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NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION NORMA by Vincenzo Bellini Performed in Italian with projected English translations front page photo credit: Andrew Cioffi Norma Opera Overview “One of the most electrifying spinto voices of our time…with its molten sheen and a beguiling pulse at its core.” – Opera News on Sondra Radvanovsky If you’re drawn to vocal acrobatics, Bellini’s Druid […]

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