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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...

Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Verismo 2.0 cleaves to a motto of feasibility. Opera with full orchestra is exciting for a singer and alluring for a producer. But small companies have been brought to ruin by the insistence upon this luxury.

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...

Anna Nicole Smith And The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

What do Anna Nicole Smith and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have in common? An opera, apparently. The opera, Texan Tenebrae, based on the tough life...

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...

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 ...

Life as General Director of Chicago Opera Theater ...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

... And there are days when it would be good to illustrate the varied stuff I have the pleasure of dealing with, enjoying, or whatever ... I had a go...

The People's Opera - Москва Черемушки

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

So our regulars, our always curious Chicago Opera Theater audience, have voted for Moscow Cheryomushki, Shostakovich's 1959 operetta set in Kruschev's Moscow.

A Visit To Owen Wingrave

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

With all this Carmen stuff going on I have rather neglected the Owen Wingrave rehearsals.

Back in the Groove

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

Having a week off at this time of the year is a good refresher there is no doubt. But of course it means that on return there is a bundle to do. But...

Opera: The Real Deal!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

There is nothing more exhilarating than being transported from this stressed out world to the complete knockout world of "real opera."

Last Night's Fantasy

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

There is some irony in Senator Coburn's stimulus bill amendment. His daughter is a fine opera singer and though she is unlikely to suffer, many of her colleagues will as opera companies cut back.