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Additional casting announced for Lyric's 'King and I'

The Lyric Opera has announced principal casting for Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical about the romance between an American teacher and Eastern leader. Joining the cast are Ali Ewoldt as Tumptim, taking a hiatus from the Broadway revival of "The...

‘Far from Heaven’ stage musical a genuine 1950s soap opera

"Far From Heaven," the musical by Scott Frankel (music), Michael Korie (lyrics) and Richard Greenberg (book) - based on the 2002 film by Todd Haynes that starred Julianne Moore as Cathy Whitaker, an affluent Connecticut housewife whose...Show More Summary

Catch Some Amazing Theatre At A Discount This Chicago Theatre Week

Chicago Theatre Week is upon us, meaning we all have a chance to see some great theater at a discount at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Lyric Opera and more this month. [ more › ]

Review: Nabucco (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Given that Verdi's Nabucco has only come to Lyric three times now, this show is worth recommending for the cast alone, which is all encapsulated beautifully in Carlo Rizzi’s perfectly energetic Italian direction. It’s still a stunner of a show, sure to conquer hearts even with flaws. Recommended. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Lyric Opera’s 2016-17 season to range from new ‘Ring Cycle’ to ‘Charlie Parker’s Yardbird’

One thing is clear: Lyric Opera of Chicago has made no small plans for its 2016-2017 season. The post Lyric Opera’s 2016-17 season to range from new ‘Ring Cycle’ to ‘Charlie Parker’s Yardbird’ appeared first on Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times.

By Jehovah!

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

When Maestro Carlo Rizzi lifted his baton and began leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra in a stirring, detailed account of the overture to Nabucco, the electrified audience knew we were in for an exciting evening of music making.

Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ returns in force to the Lyric Opera stage

By Kyle MacMillan | For the Sun-Times Sibling treachery, religious conversion, romantic rivalry and a... The post Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ returns in force to the Lyric Opera stage appeared first on Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Time...

Lyric Opera's 'Nabucco' delivers brilliance on all fronts

Considering Lyric Opera of Chicago's long and honorable history as a haven for the stage works of Giuseppe Verdi, his "Nabucco" has led a curiously spotty performance life at the company once dubbed "La Scala West." Before Lyric ventured a new production of "Nabucco" to open its 1997-98 season,...

Opera rises from ashes in Florida

Orlando Opera went bust, along with many others, in 2008. It is now back, under the direction of two local artists. Gabriel Preisser (pictured), a lyric baritone with 35 roles under his belt, will be executive and artistic director. Vincent Connor, a bass-baritone, will be the group’s general director. Go, baritones. More here on the front […]

New 'Trojans,' 'Magic Flute' top Lyric Opera schedule for 2016-17

The earnest efforts of general director Anthony Freud and music director Andrew Davis to make Lyric Opera of Chicago a leader rather than a follower among the leading American opera companies continue apace. That much is clear from the company's 2016-17 season schedule, which Freud and Davis announced...

Lyric Opera’s 2016-17 season to range from launch of new ‘Ring Cycle’ to ‘Charlie Parker’s Yardbird’

One thing is clear: Lyric Opera of Chicago has made no small plans for its 2016-2017 season. The post Lyric Opera’s 2016-17 season to range from launch of new ‘Ring Cycle’ to ‘Charlie Parker’s Yardbird’ appeared first on Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times.

Written on the wind

4 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Greetings from the Windy City, where I, Opera Teen (not pictured) am at the press conference eagerly awaiting the announcement of Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016-2017 season!

Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban to star in Lyric's 'The King and I'

Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban will star in "The King and I," Lyric Opera announced Monday. Baldwin and Montalban will play Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam, respectively, in Lyric's large-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's romance about an American tutor with Western ideas and...

Review: Placido Domingo, Ana Maria Martinez perform at Lyric Opera

It has been nearly a decade since Placido Domingo sang at Lyric Opera, and his devoted legion of local admirers no doubt have been feeling much deprived. So it was no surprise on Saturday night that the Civic Opera House was packed with cellphone-camera-flashing fans for the fancy concert of arias...

The Lyric Opera Gets More Renee Fleming And More New Voices

“Modeled after the ‘American Voices’ initiative Fleming brought to Washington’s Kennedy Center in 2013, ‘Chicago Voices’ will partner Lyric’s community engagement department, Lyric Unlimited, with the Chicago Public Library, Chicago History Museum and Columbia College Chicago to engage and interact with city residents in various disciplines and musical genres.”

Lyric Opera project designed to set Chicago singing

Get ready to hear Chicago sing - from the grass roots all the way to the opera stage. In an announcement made Thursday evening at The Hideout, that fittingly offbeat Chicago music venue, Lyric Opera's general director, Anthony Freud,...Show More Summary

A marriage of French spectacle and Italian lyricism and poetry - A propos Orpheus

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Gluck's Orfeo from the 1764 score When Gluck wrote Orfeo ed Euridice for the court in Vienna there is a sense that the marriage with the opera's librettist Ranieri de' Calzabigi was an arranged one. Gluck had been patronised by Count...Show More Summary

Rapper’s Delight? Hip-Hop Stars Line Up To File Amicus Brief In First Amendment SCOTUS Case

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Will the Supreme Court be capable of separating art from rap lyrics, or do they love opera too much?

Review: Bel Canto (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Sung in eight languages and featuring a diverse cast, Bel Canto is a stellar world premiere of an unusual but tragically lovely contemporary opera that explores the effects of mob rule, the strange bonds that arise out of a stranger situation, and the healing and humanizing power of music. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Dangerous liaisons

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

There was a certain frisson in the air entering Chicago Lyric Opera last night, and not just in anticipation of attending the world premiere of a new work by Jimmy Lopez (music) and Nilo Cruz (libretto), Bel Canto. 

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