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Lyric Opera of Chicago's Così fan tutte

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Così fan tutte

I appreciate this production of Così fan tutte; right or wrong, it does something unconventional while staying true to the story. The traditionalists bemoan this sort of thing, while the … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Così fan tutte

Chicago Opera Theater's Elizabeth Cree

In Review: Chicago Opera Theater’s Elizabeth Cree, 2018

What happens when you mix together a thrilling story, a sleek set, captivating orchestration, a short playing time, and a tight libretto? You get Elizabeth Cree. Elizabeth Cree is a … Continue readingIn Review: Chicago Opera Theater’s Elizabeth Cree, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago's I puritani

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s I puritani, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago has a special place for Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I puritani in its collective memory; it was part of the company’s second season in 1955. Leading … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s I puritani, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Turandot

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, 2017

This is a review of the Friday, December 8, 2017 performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, the second performance of the run. Lyric Opera of Chicago has spoiled us … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago's The Pearl Fishers

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, 2017

I left the Lyric Opera House humming “Au fond du temple saint” after watching Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, and I woke up the next morning to find … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Die Walküre

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre, 2017 – “A stunning set, gorgeous orchestral colors, and exquisite vocal performances”

The opening of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre was a thrilling spectacle to behold. Operagoers who were fortunate enough to experience the five-hour event were spellbound by a stunning set, … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre, 2017 – “A stunning set, gorgeous orchestral colors, and exquisite vocal performances”

Orphée et Eurydice

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 … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Orphée et Eurydice, 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Rigoletto

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

Don Giovanni, Met Opera

Don Giovanni @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera’s latest production of Don Giovanni was about as traditional as it gets, but that’s just fine when the music is as exceptional as Mozart’s and the words … Continue readingDon Giovanni @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde marked my first experience watching one of the Met’s Live in HD productions, and I’m afraid it may be difficult to return to the stage theater … Continue readingTristan und Isolde @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD