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Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 02 March 2019
*****
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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

By , 26 May 2018
****1
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Jonas Hacker (Timothy Laughlin) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

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

By , 23 March 2018
****1
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Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès) © Cory Weaver
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Méphistophélès, master puppeteer: a new Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 18 March 2018
****1
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Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Questions remained unanswered in a Così fan tutte revival in Chicago

By , 21 February 2018
***11
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Richard Troxell (Dan Leno) and Katherine Pracht (Elizabeth Cree) © Evan Hanover
Chicago

Victorian murder mystery: Elizabeth Cree at Chicago Opera Theater

By , 10 February 2018
****1
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Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

David Pountney's riveting Walküre opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 05 November 2017
****1
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Louis Lortie © Elias
Chicago

Louis Lortie makes a Liszt pilgrimage in Chicago

By , 08 October 2017
****1
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Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Matthew Polenzani (Duke of Mantua) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Surrealist Rigoletto at the Lyric impresses with vocal talent

By , 07 October 2017
***11
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Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Chicago

Alain Altinoglu and the Chicago Symphony find beauty in rarely trodden territory

By , 07 October 2017
****1
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Andriana Chuchman (Eurydice) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

John Neumeier's Orphée et Eurydice a bold season opener for the Lyric Opera

By , 23 September 2017
****1
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Jacqueline Burnett, Alicia Delgadillo and David Schultz © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A Voyage of Discovery with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

By , 21 September 2017
***11
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Muti in his element: Italian opera with the Chicago Symphony and Chorus

By , 23 June 2017
****1
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Juilliard String Quartet © Steve Sherman
Chicago

Bracing Bartók and Beethoven from the Juilliard String Quartet at Ravinia

By , 20 June 2017
****1
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
Chicago

Mälkki serves a smorgasbord with the Chicago Symphony

By , 15 June 2017
***11
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Juraj Valčuha © Chicago Symphony
Chicago

Valčuha makes Chicago Symphony bow in a varied Central European program

By , 01 June 2017
***11
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Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
Chicago

Inon Barnatan makes Chicago Symphony debut with blistering Gershwin

By , 27 May 2017
***11
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Murray Perahia © Felix Broede
Chicago

Perahia’s Chicago recital anchored by a probing Hammerklavier

By , 07 May 2017
****1
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Neeme Järvi © Simon van Boxtel
Chicago

Chicago Symphony concertmaster Robert Chen shines in Pärt and Bartók

By , 20 April 2017
***11
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Charles Dutoit © Todd Rosenberg | Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago

Dutoit and Chicago Symphony reach the sublime in Easter program

By , 13 April 2017
****1
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Charles Dutoit conducting Stravinsky's Chant funèbre © Alex Garcia
Chicago

Dutoit unearths a Stravinsky rarity with the Chicago Symphony

By , 06 April 2017
***11
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James Conlon © Robert Millard
Chicago

Conlon and the Chicago Symphony show their rapport in Schubert and Mahler

By , 30 March 2017
***11
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yo-Yo Ma with the Chicago Symphony © Anne Ryan
Chicago

Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Symphony bring Salonen’s new Cello Concerto to life

By , 09 March 2017
****1
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Chicago

Salonen and Josefowicz riveting in Chicago première of Adams’ Scheherazade.2

By , 02 March 2017
****1
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) and Ana María Martínez (Tatyana) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage

By , 26 February 2017
***11
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Gérard Depardieu © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti finds explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible in Chicago

By , 24 February 2017
*****
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Benjamin Grosvenor © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Benjamin Grosvenor’s Chicago debut: virtuosity as a vehicle for exploring artistic depths

By , 19 February 2017
*****
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Yefim Bronfman with the CSO © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Muti’s Mendelssohn and Bronfman’s Beethoven a winning evening with the Chicago Symphony

By , 16 February 2017
****1
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Vivica Genaux © Ribalta Luce Studio
Chicago

Fabio Biondi and Vivica Genaux engaging in Chicago Symphony’s Baroque program

By , 11 February 2017
***11
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Joseph Calleja (Don José) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Carmen) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A luscious new Carmen in Chicago

By , 11 February 2017
****1
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Angelique Kidjo © CAMI
Chicago

Bruckner Orchester Linz presents an eclectic, crowd-pleasing program in Chicago

By , 03 February 2017
***11
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Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

In new Norma, bel canto in the Iron Age

By , 28 January 2017
**111
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Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
Chicago

Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago

By , 21 January 2017
****1
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Michael Tilson Thomas © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Tilson Thomas offers dynamic ballet scores in Chicago

By , 15 December 2016
****1
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Andrew Staples (Tamino) Ann Toomey, Lauren Decker and Annie Rosen (Three Ladies) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

The Magic Flute: American nostalgia invoked in Chicago

By , 10 December 2016
****1
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Neeme Järvi © Simon van Boxtel
Chicago

Neeme Järvi returns to the Chicago Symphony with bracing Sibelius

By , 08 December 2016
****1
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Nicholas Kraemer conducts the Chicago Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Kraemer’s ebullient all-Handel program warms a December evening in Chicago

By , 01 December 2016
***11
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Denis Kozhukhin and the Chicago Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Krivine and Kozhukhin have energetic outings with the Chicago Symphony

By , 17 November 2016
***11
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Les Troyens © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Massive set overshadows the Lyric Opera's Les Troyens

By , 13 November 2016
***11
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Jaap van Zweden and Christiane Karg with the CSO © Alex Garcia
Chicago

Jaap van Zweden conducts a profound meditation on the end of life in Chicago

By , 10 November 2016
****1
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Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Levine leads the Chicago Symphony in an iridescent Symphonie fantastique

By , 03 November 2016
****1
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Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Colorful but uneven program for Orozco-Estrada’s Chicago Symphony debut

By , 29 October 2016
***11
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David Afkham © Felix Broede
Chicago

David Afkham hits the right note in Chicago Symphony debut

By , 20 October 2016
***11
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Lindsey Metzger (Alisa) and Albina Shagimuratova (Lucia) © Andrew Cioffi
Chicago

Shagimuratova and Beczała shine in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Lyric

By , 19 October 2016
***11
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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti recreates Chicago Symphony’s inaugural program

By , 15 October 2016
****1
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Michael Mulcahy premieres Five Hallucinations in Chicago © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Hallucinations in Chicago: Mulcahy and Gaffigan premiere new Carl Vine concerto

By , 06 October 2016
***11
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Eric Owens (Wotan) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Perplexing staging not enough to derail a gloriously sung Rheingold at Lyric Opera

By , 01 October 2016
***11
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Joyce DiDonato and Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti and DiDonato introduce Italian rarities to Chicago

By , 29 September 2016
***11
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Riccardo Muti on opening night © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Chicago

Muti opens Chicago season with a majestic Bruckner Seventh

By , 23 September 2016
****1
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