| Apr 18, 2013
| 10:56 AM
“It's not ‘rah, rah, rah,'” Gemze de Lappe says in explaining how you sing “Oklahoma!”
The 91-year-old de Lappe hops up from her chair and stoops, bowing low and dusting the air with her hands as if foraging through...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 12:52 PM
If ever a musical theater work deserved its exclamation point, it's “Oklahoma!”
Breathes there a man or woman of a certain age who hasn't at one time or another succumbed to the nostalgic charms of this classic American show, whose spirit...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Nothing like the exuberant dazzle of mariachi to explode operatic stereotypes.
The shouts and cheers that went up from the sold-out audience Sunday afternoon at the Civic Opera House said it all. What was billed as the world's first mariachi opera...
| Dec 28, 2011
They buried Hubert Sumlin two weeks ago at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, laying to rest the man whose ferocious guitar riffs galvanized Howlin' Wolf's classic recordings of the 1950s and '60s.
Just before Sumlin's casket was lowered...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 2:13 PM
Construction on the last leg of Wacker Drive ends in late December, capping a decade-long effort to modernize and rehabilitate the historic double-deck boulevard.
Only a handful of projects remain, like finishing up bridge work from Adams to Van Buren...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 8:22 AM
The Women's Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago presented an elegant opening-night gala at the Civic Opera House on Oct. 6. The affair celebrating the Lyric's 58th season featured Scottish director David McVicar's new production of Richard Strauss'...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 12:01 PM
"Simon Boccanegra," which returned to the Lyric Opera repertory Monday night after an absence of 17 years, is a shadowy tragedy many opera goers respect but few really love, except perhaps for card-carrying Verdi connoisseurs.
Even the composer...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 12:30 PM
You've heard of rock operas, tango operas, crossover operas.
Now, get ready for mariachi opera.
Two musical traditions with wide followings will come together April 7 when Lyric Opera will present the Midwest premiere of “Cruzar la Cara de la...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 2:23 PM
Lyric Opera has announced principal castings for the new production of "Oklahoma!" that will mark the company premiere of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in May.
John Cudia, who won a Jeff Award in 2008 for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 9:40 AM
You would never guess the economy is still struggling, given the quantity, quality and diversity of classical music events being offered in the Chicago area between now and the end of the year. Following are 10 major classical events you won't want to...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Chicago opera lovers impatient to learn what innovations Anthony Freud will put into place now that he is well and truly ensconced as general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, will have to cool their heels.
The first Lyric season to fall entirely under...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 9:59 AM
Lyric Opera will hold auditions next month for ensemble singers and singing dancers for its May production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Auditions are scheduled to take place Oct. 8-16 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker...