Posts tagged "Dan Rest"

"Parsifal" (Lyric Opera): Electrifying Stunner!

"Parsifal" (Lyric Opera):  Electrifying Stunner!
A nearly five hour opera may frighten potential audience members away.  That would be a shame because Parsifal is electrifying!  It is described as a ‘festival music-drama‘ – not an opera.  This categorization fits, though the music is the lead in Parsifal.  Creating both the music and libretto, Richard Wagner masterfully weaves through his story with lengthy musical interludes.  The... Read more »

"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera): Exquisite Echalaz Entrances

"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera):  Exquisite Echalaz Entrances
Based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an opera warhouse.  Since its world premiere in 1905, it has become a favorite of opera goers for its searing emotion.  This current production actualizes the bittersweet passion led by the fierce Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San).  Playing a naïve 15 year, Echalaz enchants in... Read more »

"Othello" (Lyric Opera): Astonishing Season Opener

"Othello" (Lyric Opera):  Astonishing Season Opener
The beauty of theatre on stage is that every performance is live. There is potential for the unexpected. So, on the opening night of the 2013-2014 Lyric Opera season, when an announcement between Act 1 and Act 2 stating the key role of Iago was to be resumed by an understudy, the audience collectively inhaled to... Read more »
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"La Boheme" (Lyric Opera): Wondrous!

"La Boheme" (Lyric Opera):  Wondrous!
Lyric Opera presents La Bohème.  It’s mid-19th century Paris.  A poet, a painter, a philosopher and a musician struggle for artistic expression and to pay the rent. After they charm and blackmail the landlord, they decide to head down to Cafe’ Momus. Trying to finish writing an article, Rodolfo promises to join them soon.  While he succumbs... Read more »

"Hansel und Gretel" (Lyric Opera): Frightfully Scrumptious Treat

"Hansel und Gretel" (Lyric Opera):  Frightfully Scrumptious Treat
Lyric Opera presents Hansel und Gretel.  Two kids are hungry.  Their family is poor.  Hansel and Gretel are starving.  When their meager dinner is spilled, their mother sends them into the woods to pick strawberries.  A strawberry binge makes the kids weary.  They fall asleep and spend the night in the woods.  In the morning, they stumble... Read more »

"Werther" (Lyric Opera): Werther Is Made For Loving!

"Werther" (Lyric Opera): Werther Is Made For Loving!
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Werther.  An idealistic man falls hard for the baliff’s eldest daughter.  Werther loves Charlotte…completely, passionately, obsessively.  All he wants is to make her happy.  So, when Charlotte asks Werther to go away, he does.   Since Charlotte promised her dying mother that she would wed Albert, she can’t be distracted by... Read more »
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"Elektra" (Lyric Opera): Bloody Terrific!

"Elektra" (Lyric Opera):  Bloody Terrific!
One evening a year, Chicago walks the red carpet into the Civic Opera House.  It’s the night that magnificently dressed gentlemen and ladies in the audience out-costume the folks on stage.  The glamorous celebration officially opens the season…now in its 58th year.  The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Elektra.  When the King returns from the... Read more »

"The Magic Flute" (Lyric Opera): Spellbinds in Fervor and Funny!

‘ The 2011/2012 Lyric Opera Season is being marketed with a sassy, high-spirited campaign.  ‘More passion than the Kennedy at rush hour’ and ‘our singers don’t need microphones’ are two of the slogans promoting a softer side to the world renowned institution.  The opera roster reflects a similar frisky sentiment.  The Lyric is giving us plenty to... Read more »

"Ariadne auf Naxos" (Lyric Opera): Seriously Playful, Playfully Serious!

I’ve gone back to my old high school to see a musical.  It was uncomfortable. After regularly seeing full-blown Chicago-based extravaganzas, the hometown version made me feel self-conscious and snobby.  I was uneasy when my friend, the director, eagerly asked me what I thought of the car.  I bit back the clarification, ‘the crappy cardboard... Read more »
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"Boris Godunov" (Lyric Opera): Testosterone Tonic!

What is the difference between lust and love?  Lust is the desire for something.  Love is the devotion to someone.  After opening the 2011/2012 season with a light-hearted love quest and a passionate love obsession, the third offering is a lusty tale of world domination. The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Boris Godunov.  It’s Russia 1598-1605.  The... Read more »