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Chicago lady leaves $10 million to the opera

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

2 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

2 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

2 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

4 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)

Broadcast: Lucia di Lammermoor

4 months agoArts : Parterre Box

For your listening and discussing pleasure this afternoon, cher public, we offer Lucia di Lammermoor from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Arts Alliance Illinois to honor Renee Fleming

Arts Alliance Illinois will honor the opera star Renee Fleming with the inaugural Creative Voice Award, it was announced Tuesday. Fleming, a creative consultant at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, will accept the award at the Fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon for her artistic, educational and developmental...

Review: My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

There’s no denying that My Fair Lady is a sonic masterpiece. For a gloriously full-throated, lushly orchestrated rendition of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1956 classic, the Lyric Opera’s opulent musical performance of the enduring score is as good as it gets. Show More Summary

Fair game

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Only the grand forces of Lyric Opera could bring such power and life to this production of My Fair Lady.

LIVE: The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards

The winners are being announced right now Tonight, from the depths of the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the James Beard Foundation will host its 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards, the prize considered by many to be the highest honor in the North American restaurant community. Show More Summary

Just duet

5 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Lyric Opera of Chicago presented a highly anticipated joint recital featuring tenor Lawrence Brownlee, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and accompanist Craig Terry.

James Corden and Claire Danes perform dramatic soap opera using only Katy Perry lyrics

It all starts with a tube of cherry ChapStick in this episode of The Bold and the Lyrical — a Late Late Show skit in which all the dialogue is song lyrics. SEE ALSO: James Corden makes a stunning Belle in a 'Beauty and the Beast' crosswalk...Show More Summary

Chicago's Top Business Magazine Devotes An Editorial To Lyric Opera

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

They approve - especially of the musicals and renting out the house.

Can Lyric Opera Of Chicago Survive The 21st Century?, Asks Leading Chicago Business Magazine

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Lyric general director Anthony Freud, along with the company's CFO and board chairman, remember the days (the '90s and before) when their season sold out on subscription, describe the extra attention they're offering subscribers today, and list half a dozen strategies they're using to strengthen operations and increase income (which has been suffering).

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