Posts tagged "Francis Rizzo"

"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 »

"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 »
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"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 »

"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 »

Review "Macbeth": "Macbeth" kills! Lady Gaines Frames It...Perfectly!

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents MACBETHIn the Ardis Krainik Theatre, 20 N. WackerBased on the tragedy written by William ShakespeareComposed by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiavePerformed in Italian in Four ActsProjected English titles by Francis RizzoConducted by Renato PalumboStage directed by Barbara GainesRemaining performances on October 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 30th... Read more »
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