Posts tagged "Sir Andrew Davis"

"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 »

"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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"Elektra" (Lyric Opera): Bloody Terrific!

"Elektra" (Lyric Opera):  Bloody Terrific!
One evening a year, Chicago walks the red carpet into the Civic Opera House.  It’s the night that magnificently dressed gentlemen and ladies in the audience out-costume the folks on stage.  The glamorous celebration officially opens the season…now in its 58th year.  The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Elektra.  When the King returns from the... 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 »

"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 »
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"Boris Godunov" (Lyric Opera): Testosterone Tonic!

What is the difference between lust and love?  Lust is the desire for something.  Love is the devotion to someone.  After opening the 2011/2012 season with a light-hearted love quest and a passionate love obsession, the third offering is a lusty tale of world domination. The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Boris Godunov.  It’s Russia 1598-1605.  The... Read more »

Review "Lohengrin": Loves Sails in... on a Swan!

   Lyric Opera of Chicago presents    Lohengrin    Composed and Libretto by Richard Wagner Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis Directed by Elijah Moshinsky at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive (map) through March 8  |  tickets: $33-$237  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh  A man rescues a damsel from murder charges, promises... Read more »

Review "The Girl of the Golden West": Shimmering Nugget of Riches

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WESTAt the Civic Opera House, 20 N. WackerComposed by Giacomo PucciniThree Acts performed in Italian with English titlesLibretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo ZangariniBased on David Belasco’s play “The Girl of the Golden West”Conducted by Sir Andrew DavisStage direction by Vincent LiottaJanuary 26th & 29th... Read more »
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Review "The Mikado": The Bravado Spectacle!

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents THE MIKADOAt the Ardis Kranik Theatre, 20 N. Wacker DriveComposed by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur SullivanMusic by Arthur SullivanLibretto by W.S. GilbertIn English with projected English titles Conducted by Sir Andrew DavisStage directed by Gary Griffin At 7:30pm: December 8th, 11th, January 7th, 11th, 15th At 2pm:  January 5th, 9th,... Read more »