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Lyric Opera of Chicago

Our Kids and Communities Need to Make Music to Succeed

Welz Kauffman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Welz Kauffman

Kids' creativity, as measured by the most recent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking scores, has been sliding since 1990, most noticeably among our younger students. Reduced music and arts education is cited as a key factor.

A Transcendent Carousel at Lyric Opera

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Not only is it exquisitely sung and masterfully acted by a cast of Broadway veterans, its hypnotic production design by Paolo Ventura elevates the dreamlike and otherworldly aspects of this heartbreaking love story.

Free To Be You and Me

George Heymont | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new documentaries focus on the power of the arts to inspire people in ways that have absolutely nothing to do with "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps." Instead, they show how the arts can give disadvantaged youth hope for brighter futures and more meaningful lives.

Chicago's Opera Scene Thrives Despite Trouble Elsewhere

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, March 24 (Reuters) - The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Ve...

Romantic Conspiracies

George Heymont | Posted 03.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Last fall, the San Francisco Opera presented new productions of two of the operatic art form's greatest works. Each is a rollicking comedy in which young love triumphs over extremely vain and selfish elders who claim to have the ingenue's best interest at heart.

Lyric Opera Of Chicago To Stage 'Ring' Cycle

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced it will stage Richard Wagner's famed "Ring" cycle. The opera said Friday that its new productio...

Another Surprising School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

After visiting dozens of high-performing schools that serve significant populations of students living in poverty and students of color (I call them "It's Being Done schools") I have come to expect certain things.

The Global Search for Education: The Master - Renée Fleming

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"I love face-to-face interaction with students. Having grappled with the same issues that they face, if I can alert them to areas that might need more work, either on their own in the practice room, through online research, or with a teacher, I feel I have helped."

Butterfly, Bach and Breasts in the Windy City - Part I

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I was recently in Chicago for a weekend, passing through from engagement to engagement. I love Chicago for its arts and culture, architecture and the compact and walkable downtown arts area.

Longtime Lyric Opera Artistic Leader Dies

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago

ROME -- Bruno Bartoletti, an orchestra conductor who was associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a half-century, and who championed modern oper...

Choreographer Recreates 'Oklahoma' At 91

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 05.02.2013 | Arts

CHICAGO -- Gemze de Lappe first danced in "Oklahoma!" in 1943 as a member of the Broadway hit's first national touring company. Seventy years later, a...

Fire-Spitting Actor's Critical Burns At Lyric Opera Prompt Probe

AP | Posted 04.07.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal agency said Tuesday it is investigating the injury of a fire-blowing stilt-walker who was burned during a dress rehearsal at the ...

Fire Blower Burns His Head During Opera Rehearsal

AP | Posted 04.07.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A Lyric Opera of Chicago performer was burned after his head caught on fire during a dress rehearsal of a production of "Die Meistersi...

Chicago's Lyric Opera To Premiere 'Bel Canto'

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 04.29.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Best-selling author Ann Patchett's "Bel Canto," the story of terrorists taking hostages at a South American embassy, will find a home ...

Famed Diva To Reprise Starring Role In 'Streetcar'

AP | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Lyric Opera of Chicago plans to highlight its 2012-2013 season with a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring the compan...

That was the decade that was!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brian Dickie

I have had the good fortune to have been in Chicago for the whole of the first decade of the 21st century which ended over the weekend. It has been a...

William Mason, Head Of Lyric Opera Of Chicago, To Retire In 2012

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago says he will retire when his contract expires at the end of the 2011-12 season. Wi...

Anti-Lolla Weekend: Turns Out, There Are Other Cool Things Going On In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As you might have heard, there's a music festival coming through Chicago this weekend. Bringing in some, you know, minor acts: Lady Gaga, Green Day, t...

More Nostalgia!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

Director Peter Sellars is a visionary, an enlightening educator, and a man of peace. And of course he can also be the court jester. He displayed all the above, and a good more besides, this evening.

Opera news from Chicago

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brian Dickie

It was a bit of a surprise I must say to hear from Chicago that Bill Mason is retiring from the Lyric Opera after 15 years as General Director and a ...

What are we here for?

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

At the end of our short season it seems to be a legitimate question to ask. And it is a question that I ask from time to time during the rest of the ...

Lovely, Warm Evening

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

The temperature rose to 60 degrees late yesterday afternoon so on my way home I took an express bus to Belmont Harbor and had a five minute diversion ...

Summer's End

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

This chilly fall is premature, I think. While technically we are in the autumn, we should remember that on election day last Nov. 4 we were basking i...