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30 March 2017

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The Invention of Morel

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 2

Blind love and immortality haunt ‘The Invention of Morel’
20 Feb 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
A brilliant piece of musical surrealism
20 Feb 17 / Chicago Tribune
The Fairy Queen

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 2

Purcell’s music, likable cast win out over theatrical excess in COT’s Sin City “Fairy Queen”
8 Nov 16 / Chicago Classical Review
COT's 'Fairy Queen' transplants Purcell's baroque masque to Sin City
8 Nov 16 / Chicago Tribune
Le vin herbé

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 2

Chicago Opera Theater makes a case for Martin’s austere “Le vin herbé”
2 Oct 16 / Chicago Classical Review
Opera Theater's 'Love Potion' casts a haunting spell
2 Oct 16 / Chicago Tribune
Dido and Aeneas

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Dido and Aeneas at the revamped Harris Theater
13 Apr 16 / Chicago Reader
In music and movement, Mark Morris troupe touches tangled hearts of ‘Dido and Aeneas’
13 Apr 16 / Chicago on the Aisle
After 27 years, Mark Morris' 'Dido and Aeneas' only gains in force
13 Apr 16 / Chicago Tribune
La voix humaine

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Two contrasting views of human desperation
11 Feb 16 / Opera News
A damned good pairing
10 Feb 16 / Stage and Cinema
Patricia Racette lifts COT double bill of comic, tragic rarities
10 Feb 16 / Chicago Tribune
Gianni Schicchi

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Two contrasting views of human desperation
11 Feb 16 / Opera News
A damned good pairing
10 Feb 16 / Stage and Cinema
Patricia Racette lifts COT double bill of comic, tragic rarities
10 Feb 16 / Chicago Tribune
Lucio Silla

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Highly relevant, musically riveting, and a boon for Chicago’s opera lovers
27 Sep 15 / Newcity Stage
Not much to look at, but starkly effective
27 Sep 15 / Chicago Tribune
Singers provide fleeting pleasures in COT’s trashy revisionist “Lucio"
25 Sep 15 / Chicago Classical Review
A Coffin in Egypt

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 2

COT's 'Coffin' a moving star vehicle for von Stade
27 Apr 15 / Chicago Tribune
A radiant von Stade can’t raise COT’s “Coffin in Egypt”
27 Apr 15 / Chicago Classical Review
Frederica von Stade
Famous trouser roles folded away, opera star von Stade channels a queen of Egypt (Texas).
Thérèse Raquin

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

COT delivers effective staging of Picker’s compelling “Thérèse Raquin”
25 Feb 15 / Chicago Classical Review
Emotionally potent 'Therese Raquin' at Chicago Opera Theater
25 Feb 15 / Chicago Sun-Times
Operatic passion at heart of COT’s ‘Therese Raquin’
25 Feb 15 / The Beverly Review
Chicago Opera Theater's Thérèse Raquin is pretty grim—simulated cunnilingus and all
24 Feb 15 / Chicago Reader
Macbeth

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 5

COT's heated, in-your-face Macbeth
18 Sep 14 / Chicago Reader
Chicago Opera Theater buffs up neglected jewel in high-tech staging of Bloch’s grand ‘Macbeth’
18 Sep 14 / Chicago on the Aisle
COT’s worthy revival of Bloch’s “Macbeth” undone by distracting video and unkind cuts
15 Sep 14 / Chicago Classical Review
The music serves Shakespeare in Bloch's seldom heard 'Macbeth'
15 Sep 14 / Chicago Sun-Times
The opera is a welcome discovery indeed
15 Sep 14 / Chicago Tribune
Die Kluge

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

Watercolor Prisons: The Emperor of Atlantis and The Clever One
6 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Soprano lifts COT’s uneven double bill of wartime works
2 Jun 14 / Chicago Classical Review
COT stages two political satires crafted under Nazis
2 Jun 14 / Chicago Tribune
Chicago Opera Theater double bill jarring but effective
2 Jun 14 / Chicago Sun-Times
Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

Watercolor Prisons: The Emperor of Atlantis and The Clever One
6 Jun 14 / Bachtrack
Soprano lifts COT’s uneven double bill of wartime works
2 Jun 14 / Chicago Classical Review
COT stages two political satires crafted under Nazis
2 Jun 14 / Chicago Tribune
Chicago Opera Theater double bill jarring but effective
2 Jun 14 / Chicago Sun-Times
Queenie Pie

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Ellington left his ‘Queenie Pie’ dream in scraps, and COT bucks odds in bid to make it whole
24 Feb 14 / Chicago on the Aisle
Even with Duke Ellington’s music, COT’s “Queenie Pie” is barely skin deep
17 Feb 14 / Chicago Classical Review
Limitations of ‘Queenie Pie’ and its stars magnified in lavish COT production
17 Feb 14 / Chicago Sun-Times
Queenie Pie performances rescheduled
Chicago Opera Theater reschedules all performances of Queenie Pie After Harris Center fire.
Orpheus and Euridice

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Chicago Opera Theater goes audaciously aquatic with “Orpheus”
4 Nov 13 / Chicago Classical Review
COT shines shimmering modern light on ancient myth
4 Nov 13 / Chicago Tribune
To improve ‘Orpheus & Euridice,’ just add water
4 Nov 13 / Chicago Sun-Times
Giovanna d'Arco

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 5

A chapter from history (well, not really)
16 Oct 13 / Splash Magazines
Muddling the stakes, Chicago Opera Theater drives one through the heart of Verdi’s ‘Joan’
1 Oct 13 / Chicago on the Aisle
Flashy, shocking reworking of the legend
29 Sep 13 / Chicago Now
Opera Theater's 'Joan of Arc' yields mixed results
23 Sep 13 / Chicago Tribune
COT’s disastrous Regie production burns Verdi and “Joan of Arc”
23 Sep 13 / Chicago Classical Review
Maria de Buenos Aires

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

COT's 'Maria de Buenos Aires' explores e resilient human spirit
1 May 13 / The Examiner
COT’s revamped “Maria” makes for brilliant and audacious theater
26 Apr 13 / Chicago Classical Review
Chicago Opera Theater, Luna Negra Dance team for rarely staged tango opera
23 Apr 13 / Chicago Sun-Times
COT's 'Maria de Buenos Aires' a dark tango with history
22 Apr 13 / Chicago Tribune
The Fall of the House of Usher

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

Cazan's reinterpretation works at heightening the drama
28 Feb 13 / Windy City Times
This old ‘House’ a bit shaky as multi-Mitisek ushers in COT regime with goth Philip Glass
28 Feb 13 / Chicago on the Aisle
Chicago Opera Theater opens season with a mixed local debut for Glass’s “Usher”
26 Feb 13 / Classical Review
Chicago Opera Theater steps through a Glass, darkly
26 Feb 13 / Chicago Tribune
Die Zauberflöte

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

Thoughtfully modern production keeps this classic engaging
18 Sep 12 / Chicago Now
Dickie era at COT ends with minimalist Mozart
17 Sep 12 / Chicago Tribune
A superb young cast sparks COT’s eclectic “Magic Flute”
17 Sep 12 / Chicago Classical Review
Chicago Opera Theater proves ‘Magic Flute’ isn’t totally played out
17 Sep 12 / Chicago Sun-Times
Teseo

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 6

Chicago Opera Theater does Teseo
28 Apr 12 / Chicago Reader
Handel’s early vengeance opera ‘Teseo’ shines amid Chicago Opera Theater’s vocal splendors
26 Apr 12 / Chicago on the Aisle
Love conquers all at the Chicago Opera Theater
26 Apr 12 / Bachtrack
COT wraps Medea cycle with a supremely stylish and well sung “Teseo”
23 Apr 12 / Chicago Classical Review
A rare Handel, done with the utmost care by Chicago Opera Theater
23 Apr 12 / Chicago Sun-Times
Neglected Handel gem a must for early opera lovers
23 Apr 12 / Chicago Tribune
Moskva, Cheremushki

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 1

COT’s young cast and lively production shine in Shostakovich’s charming “Moscow, Cheryomushki”
16 Apr 12 / Chicago Classical Review
Frauenliebe und Leben

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Two terrific singers keep COT’s song cycles focused on the music
9 May 11 / Chicago Classical Review
Two recitals add up to a fine program for Chicago Opera Theater
9 May 11 / Chicago Sun-Times
Double bill scores one hit, one miss for COT in season closer
9 May 11 / Chicago Tribune
The Diary of one who has Disappeared

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Two terrific singers keep COT’s song cycles focused on the music
9 May 11 / Chicago Classical Review
Two recitals add up to a fine program for Chicago Opera Theater
9 May 11 / Chicago Sun-Times
Double bill scores one hit, one miss for COT in season closer
9 May 11 / Chicago Tribune
Médée

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

COT’s fine cast, stylish staging make a worthy case for static “Médée”
26 Apr 11 / Chicago Classical Review
Executes as an empathetic epic!
26 Apr 11 / Chicago Now
Chicago Opera Theater presents truly inventive ‘Medea’
25 Apr 11 / Chicago Sun-Times
French Baroque treasure rescued in stormy 'Medea'
25 Apr 11 / Chicago Tribune
Death and the Powers

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 5

On this one the company really hit the ball out of the park
6 Apr 11 / Newcity Stage
A dazzling, thought-provoking multimedia experience
5 Apr 11 / Chicago Classical Review
COT's dazzling 'robot opera' poses provocative new questions
4 Apr 11 / Chicago Tribune
High tech Chicago opera takes a unique futuristic approach
4 Apr 11 / Chicago Now
Robot opera less than meets the eye
4 Apr 11 / Chicago Sun-Times
Three Decembers

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 4

An insightful and often moving work
12 May 10 / OperaOnline
A mother's days of reckoning
11 May 10 / Chicago Tribune
Triple triumph!
10 May 10 / Chicago Now
“Three Decembers” is slight stuff, but von Stade luminous in her opera farewell
10 May 10 / Chicago Classical Review
Giasone

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 1

Womanizing lead in COT’s ebullient ‘Giasone’ has the super-spy’s swagger
27 Apr 10 / Chicago Tribune
Mosè in Egitto

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

A fine cast, excellent musical direction, and an effective staging
23 Apr 10 / Seen and Heard
Some worthy singing rescues Rossini rarity
20 Apr 10 / Chicago Tribune
Excellent cast and superb conducting lead Rossini’s static “Moses” out of the desert
19 Apr 10 / Chicago Classical Review
La Tragédie de Carmen

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 1

Carmen according to Brook
3 Jul 09 / Mundo Clásico (English)
La clemenza di Tito

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 3

Classic, but not too much so
24 May 09 / Mundo Clásico (English)
An outstanding and moving production that was well performed and exceptionally well sung
22 Apr 09 / OperaOnline
COT boldly rescues 'forgotten' Mozart masterpiece
21 Apr 09 / Chicago Tribune
Owen Wingrave

Chicago Opera Theater


No. of reviews: 1

Successful production of Britten rarity
19 May 09 / ConcertoNet (English)
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News & Articles

Chicago Opera Theatre's Andreas Mitisek to step down
The Board of Directors of Chicago Opera Theater (COT) has today announced that Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director Andreas Mitisek will leave his position at the conclusion of this season.
5 Feb 2017 / Broadway World
Chicago Opera Theater announces innovative 2016-2017 season
Flying high on several major gifts and grants, Chicago Opera Theater has just announced plans for an exceptionally adventurous 2016-2017 season
15 Mar 2016 / Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Opera Theater receives $800,000 MacArthur Award
The Award recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants.
19 Feb 2016 / Broadway World
Chicago Opera Theater gets largest single gift
Andreas Mitisek, general director of Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ), announced that the company has received a $1.5-million gift from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson.
3 Sep 2015 / Windy City Times
Chicago Opera Theater receives $1.5 million gift
It has been quite a season of giving for Chicago arts philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson.
23 Jul 2015 / Chicago Sun-Times