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Atheistic Religiosity in Kantian Conservatism: Roger Scruton on Wagner's "Ring" Cycle

Tomorrow, I will see the new production of Richard Wagner's Die Walkure at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This is the second of the four operas in Wagner's Ring cycle. In the spring of 2020, Lyric will have performances of all four of the...Show More Summary

Broadcast: Die Walküre

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Tonight starting at 6:15 PM EDT, the opening night of Die Walküre, live from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Richard Wilbur, Twice A Pulitzer Winner And Former Poet Laureate, Has Died At 96

The poet, who wrote "pretty" and orderly poems that didn't always suit reviewers' tastes, also wrote lyrics for musicals and for opera, including Bernstein's Candide. "'I feel that the universe is full of glorious energy,' he said in an interview with The Paris Review, 'that the energy tends to take pattern and shape, and that […]

Plus a little jest

last monthArts : Parterre Box

Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago, a rousing performance both musically and dramatically.

Why 1791 in 2017? Gustavo Dudamel searches for meaning in Mozart's last year

Wise books have been written about Mozart’s last year, and two works of lyrical wonder from it — the 35-year-old composer’s Clarinet Concerto and his opera “The Magic Flute” — have maintained a special hold on the popular imagination for more than two centuries. Yet it’s still impossible to make...

The Merger Of Chicago's Lyric Opera And Joffrey Ballet: Why?

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Let's be honest: It makes financial sense. "Many European opera and ballet companies already have a similar arrangement. But there are also some significant financial considerations for Lyric and the Joffrey. Opera and ballet each have passionate fan bases but those audiences are shrinking and the costs for each art form are rising sharply."

How the Lyric and Joffrey's new partnership will change cultural Chicago

The Lyric Opera’s new partnership with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago is, at its core, an acknowledgment that it is no longer viable for even a world-class institution like the Lyric to sustain, maintain, operate and program a huge opera house entirely with productions of the repertory for which...

You were dead, you know

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its 2017-18 season on Saturday evening with a new production of Gluck’s Orphee et Eurydice in the 1774 Paris version.

Joffrey Ballet To Move Into Chicago's Lyric Opera House

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Just as the two companies have opened their first major collaboration, "the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago announced Friday that the dance company will move its season residencies from the Auditorium Theatre to the Lyric Opera House, beginning in fall 2020."

Joffrey Ballet moving performances to Lyric Opera House in 2020

In a major cooperative effort by the city’s leading producers of ballet and opera, the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago announced Friday that the dance company will move its season residencies from the Auditorium Theatre to the Lyric Opera House, beginning in fall 2020. The venue shift,...

Chicago lady leaves $10 million to the opera

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Nancy Welch Knowles, who has died aged 86, left $10 million in her will to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is the company’s the largest individual gift in 63 years. She also gave Elmhurst Hospital the largest bequest in its history. Mrs Knowles was the widow of a hearing aids inventor.

A Visit to Chicago 3: The Complaints Post

"Cuts? What do you mean, cuts? You cannot cut this opera!" Actually Susan Graham (Didon) threatening the departing Brandon Jovanovich (Eneé) in Act V. Todd Rosenberg photo, courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago You knew there would be some, right? Even in the context of a superbly performed and well-directed Troyens? Here I go. Show More Summary

A Visit to Chicago 2: Les Troyens

Lyric Opera Chorus, with Christine Goerke (Cassandre) way up at the top of the set, far right. This is from the opening scene of the opera. Todd Rosenberg photo, courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago More than two nine months late, but what the hey. Show More Summary

Broadcast(s): Getting medieval

4 months agoArts : Parterre Box

As if to usher in next week's daily broadcasts from Bayreuth, this afternoon offers a choice between two Wagner operas: Lohengrin from the Vienna State Opera and Tannhäuser from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Broadcast: Don Giovanni

4 months agoArts : Parterre Box

strong>Mariusz Kwiecien heads the cast of Lyric Opera of Chicago's Don Giovanni, starting at 1:00 PM today.

Exploring her lyrical side: I chat to soprano Natalya Romaniw about recent & forthcoming roles

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Natalya Romaniw (Photo Patrick Allen, Opera Omnia) This Summer soprano Natalya Romaniw made her role debut in the title role of Janacek's Jenufa at Grange Park Opera (see my review) just the latest in a series of striking role assumptions...Show More Summary

Broadcast: Norma

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Summertime, and the canto is bel from Lyric Opera of Chicago, starting at 1:00 PM EDT.

Broadcast: The Magic Flute

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

he listening and the commenting on this Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast begin at 1:00 pm today.

Broadcast: Don Quichotte

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

This afternoon's discussion centers around Lyric Opera of Chicago's Don Quichotte, broadcast at 1:00 PM.

Broadcast: Les Troyens

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

La Cieca (not pictured) assumes the cher public will be here for the duration of Les Troyens from Lyric Opera of Chicago starting this afternoon at 1:00 PM. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

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