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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 […]

May. 13 2017

06/24/17 – The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) – 1pm

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NEW PRODUCTION THE MAGIC FLUTE (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Performed in German with projected English translations The Magic Flute Opera Overview   “Surely the most gifted and promising English tenor for at least a generation.” – The Spectator on Andrew Staples “Polenzani sang with glowing sound, delivering […]

May. 13 2017

06/17/17 – Don Quichotte – 1pm

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NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION DON QUICHOTTE by Jules Massenet front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Performed in French with projected English translations Don Quichotte Opera Overview   “Furlanetto is a storyteller…[he] raises magnificent singing to the level of great operatic art.” – Opera News on Ferruccio Furlanetto More than half a century before Man of La Mancha, Massenet […]

May. 13 2017

06/10/17 – Les Troyens – 1pm

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NEW PRODUCTION & LYRIC PREMIERE LES TROYENS (THE TROJANS) by Hector Berlioz front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Performed in French with projected English translations   Les Troyens Opera Overview “With touches of Homer, Shakespeare, and music like none ever written before… [Les Troyens] is the grandest French opera. Every performance is an occasion.” – Los Angeles […]

May. 13 2017

06/03/17 – Lucia di Lammermoor – 1pm

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NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti Performed in Italian with projected English translations frontpage photo credit: Todd Rosenberg Lucia di Lammermoor Opera Overview “Impeccably passionate…her perfectly placed coloratura thrillingly seducing us with every expressive note… sublime acting and supreme singing.” – Houston Chronicle on Albina Shagimuratova If you cherish the classic tale of star-crossed […]

May. 13 2017

05/27/17 – Das Rheingold @ 1pm – Lyric Opera of Chicago returns!

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LYRIC’S NEW RING CYCLE. THE JOURNEY BEGINS. NEW PRODUCTION DAS RHEINGOLD by Richard Wagner Performed in German with projected English translations front page photo credit: Todd Rosenberg “Owens’s portrayal is so richly layered that it may become part of the history of the work.” – The New Yorker on Eric Owens as Alberich in Das Rheingold […]

Nov. 05 2016

11/26/16 – BAYREUTH FESTIVAL – Parsifal @1pm

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The Bayreuth Festival Parsifal by Richard Wagner The Bayreuth Festival is arguably the world’s most authentic festival, launched by Wagner himself in 1876 and presenting only works by him ever since, including our featured performance, “Parsifal,” as well as the Ring cycle and five other operas. All performances take place in the Bayreuth “Festspielhaus,” the […]

Nov. 05 2016

11/19/16 – GLIMMERGLASS – Thieving Magpie @1pm

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Glimmerglass Festival Thieving Magpie by Gioachino Rossini Everyone seems to be in love with Ninetta, but when she takes the blame for a theft perpetrated by a bird, her life is turned upside down. This rarely heard comic opera boasts a dazzling score and sensational situations. “Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie has all the hallmarks of a typical […]

Nov. 05 2016

11/12/16 – GLIMMERGLASS – Sweeney Todd @1pm

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Glimmerglass Festival Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim Sondheim’s “musical thriller” tells a story of obsession and revenge, spiced with a measure of black humor.  The Tony and Olivier award-winning score is driving, wistful, funny and touching, with such numbers as “Johanna,” “The Worst Pies in London,” “Not While I’m Around” and “Pretty Women.” “It reminds me […]

Sep. 11 2016

11/05/16 – Jenůfa – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera Jenůfa Music and Libretto by Leoš Janáček Sung in Czech front page photo credit: Cory Weaver RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, 50 minutes including two intermissions When the righteous sin, can they be forgiven? Karita Mattila returns to portray one of opera’s most vivid characters—a domineering stepmother forced to deal with her unwed stepdaughter’s […]

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