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Morning Docket: 09.15.14

“Operas can get pretty gory. I should have put that in my brief.” In the upcoming Supreme Court term, it looks like law clerks will have to educate their justices about the intricacies of rap music’s sometimes violent lyrics. [National Law Journal] The pay gap between equity and non-equity Biglaw partners is growing wider and wider. Show More Summary

Never too early

Building your perfect Khaleesi or King Joffrey ensemble just got a whole lot easier-the racks at Saturday's Lyric Opera costume sale will be fully stocked with doublets and regal gowns for purchase, as well more than 3,000 other Halloween-ready...Show More Summary

Lyric Opera Set To Host Costume Sale

On Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Lyric Opera of Chicago will open their doors for a massive costume sale, selling more than 3,000 costume pieces. [ more › ]

New Cultural Lenses to Create a Sustainable Future

Verona, Piazza delle Erbe Today I was passing by Verona, the city of Juliet and Romeo, the Roman arena hosting international opera and lyrical performances and hometown of Latin love poet Catullus. When entering the city, a big brown...Show More Summary

Pumeza Matshikiza - Voice of Hope

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Pumeza: Voice of Hope Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Debut recital from the young South African star, mixing opera with Miriam Makeba and traditional songs The South African lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has released her debut album on Decca. Show More Summary

The children’s hour

3 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Ever on the avant-garde, Lyric Opera of Chicago has embraced the cutting-edge technology of "phonography" as part of their effort to attract young audiences.

The Sound Of Music Is Alive At Lyric Opera

The Lyric Opera of Chicago spared no resource in mounting its magnificent production. [ more › ]

This is 'Sound of Music' on a grand scale, with a lovely Maria

THEATER REVIEW: "The Sound of Music" by the Lyric Opera In its second of four planned spring productions of classic musicals by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the Lyric Opera of Chicago finds a sweet Alpine spot with director...Show More Summary

Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stage

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Our eye was caught by this stunning shot of Chicago Bull player Joakim Noah, taken by Todd Rosenberg on the stage of the Lyric Opera. Everything about the picture is as perfectly balanced as a striker leaping to score. We asked Todd to tell us how this session came about. Here’s his account: This is […]

Heard But Not Seen: A Memoir by Daniel Morganstern

My dear friend Daniel Morganstern, who recently retired as the principal cellist of the Chicago Lyric Opera, wrote a memoir about his 50-year career as experienced in large part from the principal cello "hot seat" of ballet and opera orchestras in New York and Chicago. Show More Summary

They’ve gone about as far as they can go

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

"Last year, Freud sold 80 percent of available seats during the 2012-13 Lyric Opera season."

Static drama, glorious singing, in Lyric Opera's season finale

OPERA REVIEW: 'La Clemenza di Tito' at Lyric Opera of Chicago ???½ OPERA REVIEW: 'La Clemenza di Tito' at Lyric Opera of Chicago ???½ Mozart's penultimate opera, "La Clemenza di Tito," is now generally hailed as a masterpiece after languishing on the fringes of the repertory for the better part of the last century.

Billy Zane to star in Lyric's 'Sound of Music'

Billy Zane, the actor best known for his work in the hugely popular movies “Titanic” and “Back to the Future” will star as Captain Von Trapp in the upcoming Lyric Opera of Chicago production of “The Sound of Music.”

Poignant heroine, splendid staging, make Lyric's first 'Rusalka' a winner

OPERA REVIEW: 'Rusalka' at Lyric Opera of Chicago ???? The belated entry of Antonin Dvorak's "Rusalka" into the Lyric Opera repertory is an event to be celebrated.

Dvorak's adult fairytale, 'Rusalka,' comes to the Lyric

The final new production of the current Lyric Opera season is a work few audience members have ever encountered in live performance: Antonin Dvorak's "Rusalka."

On The Theater Loop, something new for opera lovers

With John von Rhein's four-star review of "The Barber of Seville" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, we're adding the world of opera to The Theater Loop.

Meet Renee Fleming, the Super Bowl XLVIII national anthem singer

Meet Renee Fleming, the world-renowned lyric soprano opera singer who was chosen to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Review: Lyric's new 'Barber' brings strong cast to old classic

OPERA REVIEW: 'Barber of Seville' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago ???? Of all the great operatic comedies, "The Barber of Seville" has led a particularly charmed life at Lyric Opera, beginning with the company's very first season. NowShow More Summary

Super Bowl 2014 National Anthem: Renee Fleming Info and Prop Bet Advice

It’s official—there will be a soprano present in New Jersey for the big game this Sunday. To be clear, that individual will be Renee Fleming, an award-winning opera singer and world-renowned lyric soprano. Introduced as “the Peyton Manning...Show More Summary

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