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Jul. 26 2019

09/07/19 – Eugene Onegin – 1pm (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

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Eugene OneginBy Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Language – Performed in Russian Running Time – 3 hours 10 minutes including 1 intermission Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heartstoppingly beautiful music — that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before […]

Jul. 26 2019

08/31/19 – Don Quichotte – 1pm (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

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Don QuichotteBy Jules Massenet Language – Performed in French Running Time – 2 hours 30 minutes including 1 intermission More than half a century before Man of La Mancha, Massenet brought Cervantes’s universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote to the operatic stage. Inspired by the greatest of all Spanish novels, Don Quichotte is the story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed […]

Jul. 26 2019

08/24/19 – Lucia de Lammermoor – 1pm (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

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Lucia di LammermoorBy Gaetano Donizetti Language – Performed in Italian Running Time – 2 hours 55 minutes including 1 intermission If you cherish the classic tale of star-crossed love in Romeo and Juliet, then Lucia di Lammermoor will sweep you away with its intense romance. The most famous of all bel canto operas, you’ll be transfixed by the passion of […]

Jul. 26 2019

08/17/19 – The Magic Flute – 1pm (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

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The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Language – Performed in German Running Time – 3 hours 20 minutes including 1 intermission Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by […]

Jul. 26 2019

08/10/19 – Norma – 1pm (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

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Norma By Vincenzo Bellini Language – Performed in Italian Running Time – 3 hours 5 minutes including 1 intermission Kicking off the six-opera series is Bellini’s Norma with a title-role performance by Sondra Radvanovsky described as no less than “spellbinding”, sending “jolts of vocal electricity through the Civic Opera House” (Chicago Tribune). The cast also includes Elizabeth DeShong as Adalgisa, […]

Jul. 15 2019

08/03/19 – Attila (RAI Italy) – 1pm

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La Scala’s Attila Giuseppe Verdi  Verdi’s Attila – a broadcast from the opening night of La Scala’s 2018-19 season. Conductor Riccardo Chailly is at the podium, with sought-after Russian bass, Ildar Abdrazakov, in the title role and Saioa Hernández, a Spanish soprano “with great beauty of tone, almost immaculate security, and limitless power and authority…” (Sydney Morning […]

Jul. 15 2019

07/27/19 – Orfeo ed Euridice (RAI Italy) – 1pm

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Teatro dell’Opera, Rome’s Orfeo ed Euridice  Christoph Willibald Gluck  The myth of Orpheus in three acts – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, from the stage of Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Conductor Gianluca Capuano leads the Rome Opera Orchestra, in this co-production of Italy’s Teatro dell’Opera, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Château de Versailles Spectacles of France and […]

Jul. 15 2019

07/20/19 – Adina (RAI Italy) – 1pm

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Rossini Opera Festival’s Adina  From the Rossini Opera Festival, comes one of the less performed works of Rossini – Adina. Premiered in 1826 at Lisbon’s Teatro São Carlos., this comic one-act opera, set in Baghdad, did not return to the stage until 1963. The broadcast features a performance from August 2018, which enjoyed high praise for […]

Jun. 14 2019

07/13/19 – Andrea Chenier (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Andrea Chenier Giordano The poet Andrea Chénier attends a party at the Countess di Coigny’s mansion. He expresses outrage at the corruption in King Louis XVI’s government and the poverty of many Frenchmen. This moves the Countess’s daughter Maddalena, and inspires the footman and revolutionary-in-the-making Carlo Gérard to quit his servitude. […]

Jun. 14 2019

07/06/19 – Billy Budd (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Billy Budd Benjamin Britten Three new recruits join the warship HMS Indomitable, commanded by the scholarly Captain Vere. The first two are nothing special, but the third, young Billy Budd, is hailed by the Master at Arms John Claggart as a jewel – despite his occasional stammer. Billy settles in happily […]

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