Posts tagged "Duane Schuler"

"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 »

"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 »

"A Streetcar Named Desire" (Lyric Opera): Perfect, Steamy, Hot Opera

"A Streetcar Named Desire" (Lyric Opera):  Perfect, Steamy, Hot Opera
Lyric Opera presents the Chicago premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche is a faded southern belle. She resonates old-fashion sophistication and a prudish nature. She is visiting her younger sister in New Orleans. Stella is happy to see her. The beer-drinking and poker-playing brother-in-law is not as welcoming. In a one bedroom apartment, Stanley resents Blanche... 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 »

"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 »

"Simon Boccanegra" (Lyric Opera): Exceeds ALL Expectations...SUPER!

"Simon Boccanegra" (Lyric Opera):  Exceeds ALL Expectations...SUPER!
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Simon Boccanegra. Simon loves Maria.  But he’s poor and she’s rich.  Her dad Jacopo hates Simon.  People encourage him to run for Doge (chief magistrate). Simon’s not interested in power until they convince him that the job will help him get the girl.  He goes for it.  Meanwhile, Maria... Read more »
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"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 »

"Lucia di Lammermoor" (The Lyric Opera): Undeniably Positioned to LOVE!

The road to love has plenty of potholes.  Misunderstandings, disagreements, and infidelities are obstacles on the journey.  In the movies, true love veers around these barriers.  The couple eventually arrives at their happily-ever-after. In opera, a love betrayal isn’t up for discussion.  It is hit head-on, backed over and dragged into states of madness, mayhem... Read more »