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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Chicago, IL, United States

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ChicagoAkram Khan's Creature

© Jason Bell
Lamagna: Creature
Akram Khan; English National Ballet; Tim Yip; Michael Hulls
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Confident new works from the Joffrey Ballet

Jeraldine Mendoza and ensembe in The Times are Racing © Cheryl Mann
The Joffrey Ballet presents a roster of choreographers with new approaches, a positive impression for the future of ballet. 
*****
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The Joffrey Nutcracker rises from the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker © Cheryl Mann
The Joffrey Nutcracker succeeds in redefining the socio-economic situation of the protagonists, but throws out the baby with the bathwater.
**111
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Chicago Opera Theater's bold study of contrasts

Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall) © Michael Brosilow
 An unusual double bill of operas by Joby Talbot and Sergei Rachmaninov under conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya in Chicago.  
****1
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A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
A revival of Richard Jones’ production of Handel’s emotionally probing opera. 
*****
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Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver

The Lyric revives Sir David McVicar’s production of Strauss’ horrific tale with a superb cast led by Swedish “helden-soprano” Nina Stemme.

****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Dame Mitsuko Uchida again brought out her outstanding musicality and special charisma in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto.
****1
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