Chicago Opera Week 2010: A Taste of Opera with Special Events Popping Up Around Town.

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Pop-up Opera Event in 2009.

WHAT:
The second annual National Opera Week kicks off Friday, October 29 with a country-wide celebration highlighting the extraordinary quality and quantity of opera events available for all

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A COT event earlier this year at the Gage.

tastes and ages.  Chicago will be celebrating, along with the rest of the nation, with a series of special events.  Show Me Chicago will cover the events in a two-part special, today and tomorrow.  Today we look at some of the upcoming events for Chicago Opera Week.  Tomorrow we will take a look at the ten most popular operas.

WHEN:
October 29 through November 7, 2010.

WHERE:
Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs present “Pop-Up Opera” all around Chicago during National Opera Week – short performances of opera classics at iconic Chicago locations.

INFORMATION:
For hints on exact times and locations of “Pop-Up Opera” follow Chicago Opera Theater on Twitter @ChicagoOpera or at #popupopera.  You can also go to: ChicagoOperaTheater.org/operaweek.

SPECIAL OPERA WEEK EVENTS:

A Double Bill:  Gustav Holst’s Savitri and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone.
Enjoy two short one-act operas in a unique cabaret setting with wine and beer available for purchase.  Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington. Tuesday, November 2, 6:30p.m. Free.

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An Opera Underground event.

OPERA UNDERGROUND: “Beers and Baritones
Join Chicago Opera Theater for an evening of mingling, beer, meeting new friends, wine, networking, and, of course, opera. Your “Beers and Baritones” ticket includes a short opera performance by COT Young Artists Leila Bowie and Darik Knusten, as well as an open beer and wine bar at Goose Island Brewery. (Opera Underground events are for ages 21-45). Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6 to 8p.m., 1800 N. Clybourn, $25 advance, $35 door.  312 704 8414.

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