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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 […]

Jun. 14 2019

06/29/19 – La forza del Destino (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s La Forza del Destino Giuseppe Verdi The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro […]

May. 17 2019

06/22/19 – The Queen of Spades (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s Queen of Spades Title: Queen of Spades The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky. Gherman learns that Liza’s grandmother the Countess knows a winning three-card formula. Gherman determines to wrest the secret from the Countess, gain a fortune through […]

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