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The Mikado – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Mikado
by W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

By Lori Dana

If it’s an operetta, it must be holiday time at Lyric. This year’s musical sugarplum is that beloved Victorian chestnut, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.  Given a gorgeous art deco makeover by British designer Mark Thompson, this version is set in 1922.

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Tosca – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Tosca

By Giacomo Puccini

Lyric Opera of Chicago

By Lori Dana

Most people with even a passing interest in opera are familiar with Tosca. One of a trio of blockbusters from the height of Puccini’s career, Tosca (along with La Bohéme and Madama Butterfly) cemented the composer’s position among the greatest masters of the operatic form.

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The Merry Widow – Lyric Opera REVIEW

The Merry Widow

By Franz Lehár

Lyric Opera of Chicago

By Lori Dana

Most of us love a holiday tradition. The movies have White Christmas, the dance world has The Nutcracker Suite, and for those of us who love opera, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without The Merry Widow. This time around, Lyric Opera of Chicago has gifted us with the equivalent ... 

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Der Rosenkavalier – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Der Rosenkavalier – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Der Rosenkavalier

By Richard Strauss

Lyric Opera of Chicago

By Lori Dana

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s latest offering, romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier, seems deftly timed, not only to coincide with that pinnacle of romantic gestures known as the Valentine Weekend Outing, but also to bring some lightheartedness to a city in the ... 

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Romeo and Juliet – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Romeo and Juliet

By Charles Gounod

By Lori Dana

As its final offering of the 2015-16 season Lyric Opera presents a French gem, conducted by a master of the répertoire Français and featuring superlative singers in every rôle, from the famously star-crossed lovers down to the lowliest page.

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