Review "HE SHE": Stark Stage Filled with Robust Emotion

Joseph Kaiser in Chicago Opera Theaters He-She

Chicago Opera Theater presents
Music by Robert Schuman and Leos Janacek
at Harris Theater, Millennium Park (map)
through May 8  |  tickets: $25-$75  |  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh 

She loves him.  He loves her.  A woman and man express the spectrum of emotions for loving the wrong person.  Chicago Opera Theater concludes its 2011 Spring Season with HE SHE, a operatic tribute to obsessive loveDeviating from a traditional show, Chicago Opera Theater presents a concert experience.  In the first half, a mezzo-soprano sings in German Frauenliebe und Leben by Robert Schumann.  Following the intermission, a tenor sings in Czech The Diary of One Who Disappeared by Leos Janacek.  The combination proves an intriguing and entertaining gender sing-off. It’s not just another he-sang-she-sang side of the same story.  The pieces are totally separate but connected through the misery of mutual unrequited love.  HE SHE passionately sings his-her heart out for the love of her-him.   

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Blog.





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