Journalist Charles M. Blow once wrote in his New York Times column that he “likes to think of himself as a Southern writer.” His childhood in Gibsland, Louisiana, shaped his writing, and in the south, “you don’t so much say words as sing them.” Now, at Lyric Opera, his own story is literally being sung. […]
There’s a war raging in Europe. A brutal clash that includes an entrenched repressive autocracy and ordinary civilians determined to fight for their freedom. Tyrannical power is vested in one man—a deranged “security” professional who cares only about his own twisted agenda. He decides who lives and dies; everyone trembles before him. Someone needs to […]
With the first Chicago snow of the season also came the opening of Florencia en el Amazonas, and the late Daniel Catán’s opera kept the audience warm with hot romance on a riverboat making its way to Manaus, Brazil. We are greeted with lush jungle greens that flank the stage and the El Dorado sitting […]
Barrie Kosky’s magic take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which has been circling the globe for nearly a decade and seen by 700,000 people, landed on the Lyric Opera Stage this week. Concocted by original codirectors Kosky and Suzanne Andrade for Komische Oper Berlin, it’s magic in the most literal sense—a visual sleight of hand […]
This take on Gaetano Donizetti’s 1832 comic opera, L’elisir d’amore, is a two-act antidote for our COVID-plagued reality. Cleverly directed by Daniel Slater and beautifully designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, it’s another one-set production, but what a set! In contrast to Macbeth’s interminable gray, this Elixir transports us to a sunny resort hotel in colorful […]
A Verdi classic, a twist on Bizet, and a doubleheader of new work kick off the opera season in Chicago.
North Park Village Nature Center provides an ideal setting for Lyric’s Hansel and Gretel.
Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet announce in-person 2021-2022 seasons.
While Chicago opera plays on your phone, Symphony Center announces May opening.
A year after the shutdown, they’re bringing it back.
She earned the title—still he was dissing her! Would he do the same to, say, Dr. Kissinger?
Lyric hosts a free, multigenre online concert this weekend.
Relationships and ‘yes, and’ guide HMS Media’s approach to filming live shows.
As the curtain falls on live performance, museums and performing arts groups scramble to adapt online.
Chicago cultural institutions keep their cool.