Review “Marriage of Figaro”: Flawless, Fun Farce!

  Lyric Opera of Chicago presents: Marriage of Figaro Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis Stage directed by Herbert Kellner Projected English supertitles by Francis Rizzo at Civic Opera House through March 27th (more info) Figaro wants to marry Susanna. Marcellina wants to marry Figaro. Bartolo wants to marry the Countess. … Continue reading

REVIEW “The Damnation of Faust” (Lyric Opera of Chicago): Eye Candy!

  Lyric Opera of Chicago presents The Damnation of Faust Composed by Hector Berlioz  Libretto by Berlioz and Almire Gandonniere Adapted from Gerard de Nerval’s translation of Goethe’s Faust Stage directed by Stephen Langridge Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis through March 17th (more info, tickets) Multi-colored saber lights, pole dancing and life-size shadowboxes, Lyric Opera … Continue reading

2010/2011 Lyric Season: Bravo!

Lyric Opera of Chicago 2010/2011 Season The Lyric Opera kicks off its 56th season on October 1st presenting 68 performances of 8 operas in a 24-week period. On January 26, 2010, the upcoming season schedule was announced by General Director William Mason . Joining Mr. Mason at the press conference to discuss next year’s performances were … Continue reading

Review “Elixir of Love”: Elixir Works, Audience Swoons

Lyric Opera presents The Elixir of Love By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Felice Romani Conducted by Bruno Campanella Stage directed by Giulio Chazalettes Thru February 22nd  (more info) By Katy Walsh We’ve seen it before – a guy in love (lust?) uses alcohol to overcome his shyness and catch the girl. Lyric Opera presents their … Continue reading

Puccini’s Violent Love Story Masterpiece

Lyric Opera Presents Tosca By Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Conducted by Stephen Lord Stage directed by Paula Suozzi Thru January 29th (ticket info) By Katy Walsh Torture, murder, execution, suicide, despite the violent nature of this warhorse opera, Tosca contributes some of the most familiar romantic opera melodies to the … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Merry Widow” Seeks Second Husband!

The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents: The Merry Widow Libretto by Viktor León and Leon Stein Based on Henri Meilhac’s comedy “L’attache’ d’ambassade” English lyrics and dialogue by Sheldon Harnick Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume Stage directed by Gary Griffin Thru January 16th  Boy loves girl. Family won’t let him marry her because she’s penniless. She … Continue reading

“Ernani” Theatre Review: Masterful Execution of a Verdi Unknown

The Lyric Opera presents Ernani At the Civic Opera House By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Based on Victor Hugo’s tragedy Hernani Conducted by Renato Palumbo Stage directed by Jose Maria Condemi Thru November 23rd Three men fight over the love of Elvira. (Luckily sung in Italian, it sounds more like Elvera so … Continue reading