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  • Opera meets mariachi in latest Lyric venture

    Opera meets mariachi in latest Lyric venture
    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...
  • 'Oklahoma!' comes sweepin' into Lyric Opera

    'Oklahoma!' comes sweepin' into Lyric Opera
    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...
  • 'To Cross the Face of the Moon': Lyric's fusion of opera, mariachi brings crowd to its feet ★★★ 1/2

    'To Cross the Face of the Moon': Lyric's fusion of opera, mariachi brings crowd to its feet ★★★ 1/2
    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...
  • Mariachi the heart and soul of Lyric's 'Cruzar'

    Mariachi the heart and soul of Lyric's 'Cruzar'
    The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
  • Though not blindingly original, 'Streetcar' music surprises

    Though not blindingly original, 'Streetcar' music surprises
    “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Andre Previn's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, has come in for such scathing notices from some critics following its premiere by the San Francisco Opera in 1998 that one approached the Chicago premiere...
  • Renee Fleming brings 'A Streetcar Named Desire' to Lyric Opera

    Renee Fleming brings 'A Streetcar Named Desire' to Lyric Opera
    Divine destiny — or is it the shade of Tennessee Williams? — is bringing Renee Fleming and Blanche DuBois together on the same stage, at the same time, at Lyric Opera. The real Renee and the fictional Blanche are, in their very different...
  • Opera review: Peter Sellars stages Handel's 'Hercules' in Chicago

     
    Peter Sellars stages Handel's "Hercules" at Lyric Opera of Chicago as a call for moral action....
  • Opera review: The Tales of Hoffmann at Lyric Opera of Chicago

     
    Could Lyric Opera of Chicago have chosen a more appropriate work with which to launch a new season, and a new era, than Jacques Offenbach's …...
  • Lyric celebrates 57th season in grand style

    Lyric celebrates 57th season in grand style
    The black-tie crowd packed the red carpet for Lyric Opera's 57th season opening-night gala to see Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman." A capacity crowd of 3,500 attended the performance at the Civic Opera House, where the grand foyer was transformed to...
  • Lyric sets world premiere of new opera based on Ann Patchett novel for 2015-16 season

    Lyric sets world premiere of new opera based on Ann Patchett novel for 2015-16 season
    Lyric Opera of Chicago has shied away from commissioning any new operas over the last decade, at a time when other major American opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera have...
  • Developer and business partner wife develop new energy for building in Chicago

    Developer and business partner wife develop new energy for building in Chicago
    Driving around Chicago's West Loop, developer Steve Fifield rarely has a chance to keep two hands on the steering wheel as he points out all the residential and office projects he's been involved in during more than 30 years in Chicago development. At...
  • Subscription drop? Not in Newman's Chicago

    Subscription drop? Not in Newman's Chicago
    If you've been staring at the huge banner of the beautiful Renee Fleming on the back of the Civic Opera House — or noting how well the Lyric Opera of Chicago finds the sex and glamour in its promotion of its season of operas — you're...