Posts tagged "Michael Black"

"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 »

"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 »
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"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 »

"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 »