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Can Chicago's Lyric Opera Survive Doing Opera?

"I love West Side Story. I can't wait to see this coproduction with Houston Grand Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival, though the cast is yet to be announced. But the schedule makes a point as unmistakable as the high-wire high F tenor Lawrence Brownlee's been hitting in Lyric's current, very traditional production of I Puritani: […]

Artists from Postmodern Jukebox, Tune-Yards in Lyric's 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

There will be no opera singers in the Lyric’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Broadway performers and artists from the bands Postmodern Jukebox, Tune-Yards and Diane Coffee will star in Timothy Sheader’s Olivier Award-winning production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera, it was announced...

Joffrey’s intense, anything-but-safe ‘Modern Masters’ shows how American ballet got here

This season, it seems as though there is no challenge the Joffrey Ballet can’t meet. Last fall, “Orphee et Eurydice” marked the company’s first collaboration with the Lyric Opera. Stunning performances of Lola de Avila’s staging of “Giselle” came a few weeks later, with a full month of “Nutcracker”...

Puritani, as the driven snow

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

It was an afternoon of spectacular singing, particularly from the two principals and the glorious Lyric Opera Chorus.

Spectacular singing sparks Lyric's revival of 'I Puritani'

Since 1955, when Lyric Opera mounted its first production of “I Puritani” to display Maria Callas in one of her most celebrated bel canto roles, Vincenzo Bellini’s final opera has drifted in and out of the Lyric repertory, rather like the fragile heroine Elvira’s flights between sanity and madness....

Chicago loses Faust star to cancer treatment

The Canadian-American soprano Erin Wall has pulled out of Gounod’s Faust at the Lyric Opera in March in order to undergo chemotherapy.   Lyric’s president Anthony Freud said in a statement that ‘her doctors expect a full recovery within a few months, according to her manager. Everyone at Lyric wishes Erin all the best and looks forward to welcoming […]

They Scanned Renée Fleming's Brain To Study How Music Can Help Treat Neurological Disorders

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The opera star... spent two hours in the scanner to help researchers tease out what brain activity is key for singing. How? First Fleming spoke the lyrics. Then she sang them. Finally, she imagined singing them. 'We're trying to understand the brain not just so we can address mental disorders or diseases or injuries, […]

Magic is missing from Lyric Opera's hand-me-down 'Turandot'

“Turandot,” Puccini’s unfinished valedictory to the stage, is an elaborate operatic fairy tale. But for fairy tales to really work, there must be magic and mystery the audience can believe in. And those are precisely the elements missing from the tired production of the Puccini favorite that settled...

Review: The Pearl Fishers (Lyric Opera)

Everyone loves a good, tragic love story, and Lyric Opera's The Pearl Fishers doesn't disappoint. Its two-and-a-half-hour running time is shorter than that of the average opera, making it a good choice for those curious about the genre. Show More Summary

Kiss the pearls goodbye

3 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s spectacularly colorful and glitzy new production of The Pearl Fishers opened on Sunday.

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

4 months 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

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

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

4 months agoArts : 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?

5 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

5 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

5 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,...

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