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

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ChicagoCancelled due to strike by CSO musicians: Mahler 1

Elgar, Mahler
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider; Gautier Capuçon

ChicagoCancelled: Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia, Piano

ChicagoItzhak Perlman & Evgeny Kissin

Itzhak Perlman; Evgeny Kissin

ChicagoMuti conducts Pines of Rome

Cherubini, Berlioz, Bizet, Respighi
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti; Joyce DiDonato

ChicagoWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
TBC; Francesca Zambello; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Peter J. Davison; Jessica Jahn; Jerome Robbins; Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra

ChicagoMuti, Uchida and Mozart

Mozart, Stravinsky
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti; Dame Mitsuko Uchida
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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.

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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.
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Paranoia and duplicity in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Fellow Travelers

Jonas Hacker (Timothy Laughlin) © Todd Rosenberg
Fellow Travelers is shot through with darkness, making for a chilling performance by Lyric Opera of Chicago. 
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Méphistophélès, the master puppeteer

Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès) © Cory Weaver
Chicago's new Faust is a quest for youth but also a reflection on insipiration, fabrication and manipulation. 
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Questions unanswered in a Così fan tutte revival in Chicago

Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Cory Weaver
Synergies between singers compensated for accurate but unexciting orchestral playing.
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