Posts tagged "Harris Theater"

Joan of Arc (Chicago Opera Theater): Flashy, shocking reworking of the legend

Joan of Arc (Chicago Opera Theater): Flashy, shocking reworking of the legend
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Saint. Heretic. Brilliant warrior who saved a monarchy. Illiterate peasant who claimed divine guidance. Martyr. Joan of Arc (AKA the Maid of Orleans) answers to all of these charges and since her real life exploits in the 1400s, she has been transformed into a Che Guevara-like revolutionary icon inspiring countless plays,... Read more »

"TESEO" (Chicago Opera Theater): Killer Mom Enters the Dating Pool

#92.  First, there was Jason (2010), then there was Medea (2011), and now Chicago Opera Theater presents the final opera in the Medea trilogy, Teseo.  After killing her kids and torching Corinth, Medea flees to Athens.  She’s looking for a new male obsession.  First, she considers King Egeo as a strategic marriage maneuver. But he reneges on the engagement.  Luckily for Egeo,... Read more »

"Moscow, Cheryomushki" (Chicago Opera Theater): *Spoiler Alert* MEGA-Happy Ending!

#85.  I first became interested in opera by watching a movie.  In “Philadelphia”, Tom Hanks describes a scene from “Andrea Chenier”.  As Maria Callas is singing powerfully, belting out her aria, Hanks is describing her anguish.  That was THE moment I started to immerse myself in this passionate genre.  I’ve seen probably 100 operas.  Most... Read more »

Review "Medea": Executes as an Empathetic Epic!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of April 24th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers Chicago Opera Theater presents MEDEA At Harris Theater in Millennium Park Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier Libretto by Thomas Corneile Conducted by Christian Curnyn Directed by James Darrah In French with English supertitles  April 27th and 29th at 7:30pm May... Read more »

Review "Death and The Powers": Life-Altering Experience

  Audio Podcast available on ITUNES Chicago Theatre Reviews for week of April 3rd Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Chicago Opera Theater presents DEATH AND THE POWERS At Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph  Music by Tod Machover Libretto by Robert Pinksky  Story by Robert Pinsky & Randy Weiner Conducted by Gil Rose Directed by Diane... Read more »