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Rosa Feola Featured Lyric Opera of Chicago 

“Chicago welcomed me with such an enthusiasm that I was suddenly in love with the people!” says Rosa Feola, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Gilda

It was one of those moments when the entire audience was enraptured. It was during Rosa Feola’s “Caro nome” in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s latest production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. I had the good fortune of being in the audience on opening night. As I basked in her sounds, I decided right then and there to interview Rosa Feola. Fortunately, she was willing to take the time to sit down with Opera Sense and answer a few of my questions! Chicago welcomed me with such an enthusiasm that I was suddenly…

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Christine Goerke Featured Lyric Opera of Chicago 

“When the downbeat happens, for a few hours, it’s magic,” says Christine Goerke, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s next Brünnhilde

Christine Goerke is one of today’s most sought after opera stars for the roles of Brünnhilde and Elektra, but her massive sound and assortment of colors aren’t limited to these two roles she has come to dominate; she’s equally compelling as Cassandra, or Ortrud, or Turandot, or, well, basically every character she plays! That said, it’s not only Christine’s singing and acting that make her a star – it’s also her story, her tenacity, and her humor. In November, Christine will perform Brünnhilde in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre….

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Orphee et Eurydice Featured In Review Lyric Opera of Chicago 

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Orphée et Eurydice, 2017

Right before I went to see Orphée et Eurydice at Lyric Opera of Chicago, I dug out my copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and re-read the tragic tale. It has a well-known plot: Orpheus’ wife Eurydice dies; Orpheus travels to Hades to retrieve her from the dead; when he looks back at her on their way back to Earth, Eurydice dies a second time, this time for good. If you haven’t read Ovid’s version, the first thing you’ll notice is how short it is: the entire story consists of a whopping…

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's Rigoletto Featured In Review Lyric Opera of Chicago 

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto, 2017 – “It was simply and unequivocally a triumphant opening of a spectacular production”

Last night I was reminded of what happens when opera is done right – very right. The opening performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto was a masterfully executed, well-rounded tour de force. First and foremost, the vocal performances in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto were world-class. Leading the cast were Evanston native Matthew Polenzani as the Duke of Mantua and Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey as the title character, both of whom have become staples in the roster at Lyric (lucky Chicagoans!). The leading men could not have been more comfortable in…

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Craig Colclough Featured 

“Music has the power to communicate far more complex thoughts,” says Bass-Baritone Craig Colclough

Minnesota audiences get to see Craig Colclough again this season – in only a few days! This time it’s in an opera you’re probably familiar with: Donizetti’s perennial favorite Don Pasquale. (Craig’s last performance with the Minnesota Opera was in Diana’s Garden last season). Despite his busy schedule, Craig was able to take some time to answer a few of our questions. Tell us a bit about your first operatic memory. What did you see (or hear)? How did it affect you? The first opera I ever saw was in…

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