Posts tagged "Lyric Opera"

"La Traviata" (Lyric Opera): 'What Joy!'

"La Traviata" (Lyric Opera):  'What Joy!'
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents LA TRAVIATA. Alongside the extensive spectacle of Wagner’s Parsifal, the Lyric is simultaneously offering a Verdi classic. La Traviata is simply gorgeous. After navigating through the complexity of Wagner’s world, we are back to opera basics, a tragic love story. As much as Parsifal is about the musical pageantry, La Traviata is all about passionate singing. Seeing... 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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"The Second City Guide to Opera" (Lyric Opera): Distinctly Chicago

"The Second City Guide to Opera" (Lyric Opera): Distinctly Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Second City combine forces to present The Second City Guide to the Opera. Upon arrival, it’s obvious that something is different. The usual bustling in the majestic Lyric foyer is missing.  Hints of pop music are trickling through the Aisle 5 entryway.  We follow the music into the vast, beautiful and unoccupied Ardis Krainik... 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 »

Off Book Chats Up Lyric Opera, Writers Theatre with Jack Zimmerman and Oliver Sava

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews Lyric Opera’s  La Boheme and Writers’ Theatre’s Sweet Charity  Our special guest is Jack Zimmerman from Lyric Opera and Oliver Sava stops by the studio.    This March 15th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                  Shot word of the day:  writer Join us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm, at Marty’s... Read more »
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"Die Meistersinger" (Lyric Opera): The softer side of Wagner

"Die Meistersinger" (Lyric Opera):  The softer side of Wagner
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.  Walther loves Eva.  And she love him.  The problem is Walther is a poor nobleman.  And Eva is the daughter of a wealthy goldsmith.  Plus, Eva is promised in marriage to the winner of the Mastersinger contest.  In Nuremberg, the town takes their singing very seriously.  The Mastersinger... 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 »

Off Book Chats Up American Blues, Building Stage, Ka-Tet, Profiles and Lyric Opera

Off Book Chats Up American Blues, Building Stage, Ka-Tet, Profiles and Lyric Opera
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:   “Fuddy Meers” at Ka-Tet Theatre, “Werther” at Lyric Opera and“Hellcab” at Profiles Theatre.  Special Guests: Gwendolyn Whiteside, Producing Artistic Director at American Blues Theatre and playing Mary Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live at the Biograph” and Blake Montgomery, Founder and Artistic Director at The Building Stage and performing in “Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’. Again”.  Plus, we have two new “Got A... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Lyric, Strawdog, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, Goodman and More!

Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Lyric, Strawdog, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, Goodman and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Metamorphoses” by Lookingglass Theatre ,“Elektra” at Lyric Opera, and “Neighborhood 3: Requistition of Doom” at Strawdog Theatre.  Our special guests are Linda Gillum, Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo and director of Shattered Globe’s ”Burn This” and Maggie Corbett, Chicago actor starring in Goodman Theatre’s“Sweet Bird of Youth.”  Plus, we have two new “Got A Minute” segments from two local playwrights. This October 19, 2012... Read more »