Weekend Pick: Winterreise (3/5-3/21)

Chicago is blessed with a fair number of opera companies.  Who, for most of the Spring have been stepping outside of the strict definition of opera, turning it into something else.  Opera Cabal presented "usw", skewing more performance art, and the Lyric had its Damnation of Faust, which was more oratorio.  Now Chicago Opera Vanguard presents Winterreise, a song cycle by Franz Schubert, but fully staged with added dancers and an actor.

I have seen all of Chicago Opera Vanguard's past productions, and, if you want to know exactly how I feel, you can read my reviews at Chicago Critic.  Suffice it to say that I have found every performance a well-balanced meal of good music, high-quality performers, and magically inventive staging.  It lacks the pomp and finances of the Lyric, resulting in a clever use of resources in a more intimate space--thanks to mother of invention.

This is the second of three weekends of the run.  The first weekend got a positive review by Bryant Manning, calling it an "artful, imaginative staging" of Schubert's masterpiece.  I will be attending on Sunday if you want to join me--leave a comment and I'll look for you.  Last weekend sold out on Friday and Saturday nights, so buy tickets online.

  • This weekend: Fri, Sat, Sun at 8
  • Industry show: Mon at 4
  • Next weekend: Fri, Sat at 8; Sun at 4
  • $25 general admission

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