Tag: Chicago Opera Theater

The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater): Thoughtfully Modern Production Keeps This Classic Engaging

The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater): Thoughtfully Modern Production Keeps This Classic Engaging
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines Chicago Opera Theater’s The Magic Flute (in English with English subtitles) is the third time Mozart’s final opera has been produced in Chicago in the last year – but believe me when I say this production is not to be missed. Gone are traditional, staid costumes and by-the-book staging, as... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Mammals, Chicago Opera Theatre, Profiles, Cor, and More!

Off Book Chats Up Mammals, Chicago Opera Theatre, Profiles, Cor, and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Sweet and Sad” at Profiles Theater, “Skin Tight” by Cor Theatre and “Steady Rain” by Chicago Commercial Collective.  And Off Book talks with special guests:  Bob Fisher, Founder of The Mammals and Jerry Tietz, General Manager of Chicago Opera Theater.  And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments, one from a local playwright and an aria... Read more »

"TESEO" (Chicago Opera Theater): Killer Mom Enters the Dating Pool

#92.  First, there was Jason (2010), then there was Medea (2011), and now Chicago Opera Theater presents the final opera in the Medea trilogy, Teseo.  After killing her kids and torching Corinth, Medea flees to Athens.  She’s looking for a new male obsession.  First, she considers King Egeo as a strategic marriage maneuver. But he reneges on the engagement.  Luckily for Egeo,... Read more »
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"Moscow, Cheryomushki" (Chicago Opera Theater): *Spoiler Alert* MEGA-Happy Ending!

#85.  I first became interested in opera by watching a movie.  In “Philadelphia”, Tom Hanks describes a scene from “Andrea Chenier”.  As Maria Callas is singing powerfully, belting out her aria, Hanks is describing her anguish.  That was THE moment I started to immerse myself in this passionate genre.  I’ve seen probably 100 operas.  Most... Read more »

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

   Chicago Opera Theater presents    HE SHE    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... Read more »

Review "Medea": Executes as an Empathetic Epic!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of April 24th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers Chicago Opera Theater presents MEDEA At Harris Theater in Millennium Park Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier Libretto by Thomas Corneile Conducted by Christian Curnyn Directed by James Darrah In French with English supertitles  April 27th and 29th at 7:30pm May... Read more »
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Review "Death and The Powers": Life-Altering Experience

  Audio Podcast available on ITUNES Chicago Theatre Reviews for week of April 3rd Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Chicago Opera Theater presents DEATH AND THE POWERS At Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph  Music by Tod Machover Libretto by Robert Pinksky  Story by Robert Pinsky & Randy Weiner Conducted by Gil Rose Directed by Diane... Read more »

Review "Jason": A Groovy Kind of Love!

Chicago Opera Theater presents JASON At the Harris Theatre in Millennium Park  By Francesco CavalliEdited by Ellen RosandLibretto by G.A. CicogniniConducted by Christian CurnynDirected by Justin WaySung in Italian with English supertitlesThru May 2ndBuy TicketsRunning Time:  Three hours includes a twenty minute intermission. Reviewed by Katy Walsh Jason has it all!  He’s got the golden... Read more »