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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 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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Lucia di Lammermoor Bellini Donizetti Lyric Opera of Chicago New to opera Pavarotti Rossini Sutherland 

What is bel canto?

With Lyric Opera of Chicago’s opening of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a prime example of the Italian style known as bel canto, this weekend, I thought now would be a good time for a little refresher. So, what exactly is bel canto? “Opera buffs today use the term bel canto all the time. Yet we each seem to bring a different set of assumptions to the concept.” -Anthony Tommasini, New York Times Bel canto literally translates to “beautiful singing,” and it was a popular singing style in Italian opera from…

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Mario Antonio Marra Donizetti Features Lyric Opera of Chicago 

“The drama is very direct and true,” Mario Antonio Marra on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lucia di Lammermoor

With Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor opening this weekend, we wanted to interview someone who is both intimately involved in the production and has a profound and personal connection with this bel canto masterpiece. Mario Antonio Marra, the pianist for the production, was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions. +240

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Metropolitan Opera Minnesota Opera New to opera 

The performances to see early this 2016 / 2017 season

It’s an intoxicating time of year for operagoers! The 2016/2017 opera season is just beginning, and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year! Here are a few of the biggest productions to keep your eyes on this fall… The Metropolitan Opera is opening its season with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde next week on Monday, September 26, 2016. This revolutionary work is often viewed as one of the earliest pieces to take definitive steps away from tonal music, as represented by the famous Tristan chord, an integral part…

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