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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
Chicago

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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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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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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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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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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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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Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

In new Norma, bel canto in the Iron Age

By , 28 January 2017
**111
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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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Les Troyens © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Massive set overshadows the Lyric Opera's Les Troyens

By , 13 November 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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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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Joseph Calleja (Roméo) and Susanna Phillips (Juliette) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

The warmth of tragedy: Roméo et Juliette at the Lyric

By , 22 February 2016
***11
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Sophie Koch (Octavian) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Der Rosenkavalier, gilded and lithe, at the Lyric Opera

By , 08 February 2016
***11
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Dmitry Belosselskiy (Zaccaria) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

A strongly cast Nabucco opens at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 23 January 2016
****1
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Danielle de Niese (Roxanne) and John Irvin (Christopf) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Bel Canto mixes new sounds and conservative ideas at Lyric Opera Chicago

By , 07 December 2015
***11
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Renée Fleming (Hanna Glawari) and Thomas Hampson (Count Danilo) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A luminous Merry Widow in Chicago

By , 14 November 2015
****1
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Chicago

A Wozzeck of few concessions at the Lyric

By , 01 November 2015
***11
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Isabel Leonard (Cenerentola) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Sparkling La Cenerentola at Lyric Opera Chicago

By , 10 October 2015
*****
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Rachel Frenkel (Cherubino) and Adam Plachetka (Figaro) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A dazzling new Figaro at the Lyric Opera

By , 26 September 2015
****1
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Octavio Moreno (Xihuitl) © Todd Rosenberg
San Diego

History repeats itself…life goes on…Mariachi opera El Pasado Nunca se Termina at San Diego

By , 25 April 2015
***11
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Amanda Majeski (Marta) and Daveda Karanas (Liese) © Michael Brosilow | Lyric Opera
Chicago

Weinberg's The Passenger only partially successful at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 04 March 2015
***11
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Amber Wagner (Elisabeth) © Todd Rosenberg | Lyric Opera
Chicago

As light falls, Tannhäuser finds its tone in Chicago

By , 09 February 2015
****1
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Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Latecomer Jagde comes out on top in Lyric's Tosca

By , 24 January 2015
***11
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Sondra Radvanovsky (Anna Bolena) © Todd Rosenberg | Lyric Opera
Chicago

Stairway to bel canto heaven? Radvanovksy sings an ecstatic Anna Bolena in Chicago

By , 06 December 2014
***11
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Eric Owens (Porgy) and Adina Aaron (Bess) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A near-perfect Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera

By , 26 November 2014
****1
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Yonghoon Lee (Manrico) © Michael Brosilow
Chicago

A listener's Trovatore

By , 05 November 2014
***11
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Renée Fleming (The Countess) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Capriccio at the Lyric slowly finds its voice

By , 06 October 2014
**111
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Marina Rebeka (Donna Anna) © Todd Rosenburg
Chicago

Kwiecień doesn't quite steal the show in Robert Falls' Don Giovanni

By , 05 October 2014
***11
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Matthew Polenzani (Tito) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Clemency in a burning capitol

By , 08 March 2014
****1
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Eric Owens (VodnÍk) and Ana María Martínez (Rusalka) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Water nymph meets prince: Rusalka at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 22 February 2014
****1
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Chicago

A Barber of visual intelligence at the Lyric Opera in Chicago

By , 06 February 2014
*****
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Bo Skovhus and cast © Dan Rest
Chicago

Die Fledermaus rings in the holidays at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 10 December 2013
****1
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©  Robert Kusel
Chicago

A singers' Traviata at the Lyric Opera in Chicago

By , 20 November 2013
***11
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©  Robert Kusel
Chicago

Glammed-up Parsifal hits the Lyric stage in Chicago

By , 17 November 2013
****1
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Amanda Enchalaz and James Valenti  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Lyric Opera's Butterfly ruffles no feathers

By , 15 October 2013
***11
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Johan Bothan and Ana María Martinez  ©  Dan Rest / Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago

Starting with a storm: Otello at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 05 October 2013
***11
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Act I of Oklahoma: Curtis Holbrook  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago goes proto-American with Oklahoma!

By , 05 May 2013
***11
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Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Netrebko and Calleja in Chicago's La Bohème

By , 09 March 2013
*****
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Albina Shagimuratova, Andrzej Dobber  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Verdi's Rigoletto at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 25 February 2013
***11
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Act Three, Scene 1  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Die Meistersinger fills the stage at Chicago's Lyric Opera

By , 08 February 2013
***11
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Joseph Lim, Ana María Martínez and Dimitri Pittas  ©  Dan Rest / Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago

La Bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 21 January 2013
***11
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Jill Grove in Hansel and Gretel  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

From fairy-tale to Freudian tale: Hansel and Gretel in Chicago

By , 16 December 2012
**111
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Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Marlis Petersen  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Don Pasquale sparkles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 25 November 2012
****1
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©  Robert Kusel
Chicago

Screens, dreams in Negrin's Werther at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 20 November 2012
**111
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Elektra  ©  Robert Kusel
Chicago

Elektra opens Lyric Opera of Chicago's new season with a shriek

By , 13 October 2012
****1
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Luca Pisaroni (Arganto) in Rinaldo,  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

The Lyric Opera of Chicago: Rinaldo

By , 29 February 2012
***11
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Sondra Radvanovsky as Aida,  ©  Dan Rest & Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago

A tale of two princesses at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 21 January 2012
****1
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James Kryshak, Rene Barbera, Matthew Worth in Ariadne auf Naxos,  ©  Lyric Opera of Chicago / Dan Rest
Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a taut, effective Ariadne auf Naxos

By , 11 December 2011
***11
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