Lyric Opera of Chicago - Chicago
19 January 2020

Company search

Country Company
click here for more photos for
this opera company
Click below for
production trailers
Don Giovanni
Dead Man Walking
Il barbiere di Siviglia
West Side Story
Ariodante

You've been granted free access to this page.

Take a FREE 7 DAY TRIAL or SUBSCRIBE today to access the full content of theoperacritic.com.

Free access

Performance reviews

Key Photo gallery Production details Video link
Don Giovanni

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 10

This production featured several outstanding, individual performances
6 Jan 20 / Opera Today
Give me libertine
10 Dec 19 / parterre box
With a new Don, Lyric’s “Don Giovanni” remains a stellar night of Mozart
5 Dec 19 / Classical Review
In Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Giovanni, Donna Elvira triumphs
4 Dec 19 / Seen and Heard
The return of Don Giovanni at the Lyric
20 Nov 19 / Chicago Reader
Darkness on the edge of town
20 Nov 19 / parterre box
First-class cast, stylish staging make a “Don Giovanni” to die for at Lyric
16 Nov 19 / Classical Review
Lyric Opera takes a no-nonsense approach to impassioned ‘Don Giovanni’
16 Nov 19 / Chicago Sun-Times
A ‘Don Giovanni’ for the #MeToo era — who is far more monster than charmer
16 Nov 19 / Chicago Tribune
Stunning ‘Don Giovanni’ a surprisingly ideal fit for the #MeToo era
16 Nov 19 / WTTW
The Three Queens

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 6

Radvanovsky's performance ranked right up there with those of the greats before her
11 Dec 19 / The Times Weekly
In parade of regal opera, Sondra Radvanovsky inhabits three tragic Donizetti queens at Lyric
6 Dec 19 / Chicago on the Aisle
Radvanovsky in regal form for Lyric’s triple crown of Donizetti queens
3 Dec 19 / Classical Review
Radvanovsky excels in Lyric’s ‘Three Queens’
3 Dec 19 / Chicago Tribune
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky vividly conjures ‘Three Queens’ betrayed
3 Dec 19 / WTTW
We three queens
3 Dec 19 / Chicago Reader
Dead Man Walking

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 9

Heggie’s Dead Man Walking finally arrives in Chicago
25 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
As to be expected from any Lyric production, Dead Man Walking is beautifully sung
18 Nov 19 / Broadway World
Powerful vocals a highlight in 'Dead Man Walking' opera
6 Nov 19 / NWI Times
Crime after crime
5 Nov 19 / Newcity Stage
Patricia Racette makes a strong role debut as Sister Helen
5 Nov 19 / Windy City Times
Dead Man Walking makes its gut-punching Lyric debut
5 Nov 19 / Chicago Reader
‘Dead Man Walking’ powerfully probes guilt and redemption
4 Nov 19 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera’s powerful “Dead Man Walking” comes to life with searing impact
4 Nov 19 / Classical Review
In ‘Dead Man Walking,’ music elevates the intense emotions surrounding crime and capital punishment
4 Nov 19 / Chicago Sun-Times
Luisa Miller

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 6

In Chicago, after 30 years, a welcome return of Luisa Miller
18 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Intriguing love
15 Oct 19 / Newcity Stage
The Wurm turns - Luisa Miller snowballs toward disaster and death
15 Oct 19 / parterre box
Music director designate Enrique Mazzola presents a high-stakes ‘Luisa Miller’
14 Oct 19 / Chicago Tribune
Uneven singing, lack of dramatic fire make for low-voltage Verdi in Lyric’s “Luisa Miller”
14 Oct 19 / Classical Review
Powerfully sung ‘Luisa Miller’ offers hints of what’s to come
14 Oct 19 / Chicago Sun-Times
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 12

Lyric Opera's The Barber of Seville wraps Chicago with humor and joy
18 Oct 19 / Chicago Daily Herald
Amusing 'Barber of Seville' graces Lyric Opera stage
15 Oct 19 / NWI Times
The Lyric Opera opens on a hilarious note with Barber of Seville
14 Oct 19 / Chicago Maroon
A charmingly detailed revival
10 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Rossini’s Barber opens a new season at Lyric Opera of Chicago
5 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
This cast embraces the physical humor innate to the comic opera genre
2 Oct 19 / Broadway World
Girl power prevails amid vocal fireworks, lots of laughs
2 Oct 19 / Chicago on the Aisle
Smile-filled season opener
1 Oct 19 / Picture this Post
Sparkle, Lyric, sparkle!
1 Oct 19 / parterre box
Lyric Opera opens season with a bright and delightful “Barber of Seville”
30 Sep 19 / Classical Review
A little off at the top, Lyric Opera production builds to mighty finish
30 Sep 19 / Chicago Sun-Times
A wickedly funny ‘Barber of Seville’ begins season
30 Sep 19 / Chicago Tribune
West Side Story

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 10

What is strongest was the choreography
15 May 19 / Hollywood Chicago
Zambello's West Side Story staging is an odd and disquieting jumble
8 May 19 / Windy City Times
A classic comes to life at the Lyric Opera
8 May 19 / Urban Matter
A grand, traditional West Side Story
7 May 19 / Broadway World
West Side Story is bucket list worthy
7 May 19 / Chicago Parent
Fresh talent and palpable energy deliver a can’t miss West Side Story
7 May 19 / Third Coast Review
‘West Side Story’ still carries a message
7 May 19 / Chicago Theater and Arts
‘West Side Story’ revived as gritty, witty and bright at Lyric Opera
6 May 19 / Chicago Sun-Times
Lyric Opera has a great, traditional 'West Side Story' that believes in the original
6 May 19 / Chicago Tribune
A star-making performance and Bernstein’s magnificent score boost Lyric Opera’s “West Side Story”
6 May 19 / Classical Review
An American Dream

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 2

The Chicago premiere of Perla’s An American Dream
23 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
In dreams
21 Mar 19 / parterre box
Ariodante

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 11

Star of Ariodante, out for opener, returns in style
16 Mar 19 / Classical Voice North America
A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago
9 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Creepy concept destroys Handel opera
7 Mar 19 / Hyde Park Herald
Another star felled by illness; enter heroine (as hero)
7 Mar 19 / Chicago on the Aisle
Director batters the baroque in Lyric Opera production of Handel’s ‘Ariodante’
7 Mar 19 / WTTW
Handel’s ‘Scottish Play’ thrives in Chicago
6 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
Worthy Handel singing buried by scabrous excess in Lyric Opera’s “Ariodante”
5 Mar 19 / Classical Review
With an understudy out front, ’Ariodante’ overcomes clunky staging at Lyric
5 Mar 19 / Chicago Sun-Times
Handel with care
5 Mar 19 / Stage and Cinema
Fundamental sound
5 Mar 19 / Newcity Stage
A startling update of Handel's 'Ariodante'
4 Mar 19 / Chicago Tribune
La Traviata

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 9

Traviata returns to Chicago
10 Mar 19 / ConcertoNet (French)
Beneath layers of familiarity, a pristine jewel
2 Mar 19 / Chicago on the Aisle
Stylish La traviata returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago
25 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
Lyric's La Traviata is a triumph of true love—and Verdi's music—even without its leading lady
23 Feb 19 / Chicago Reader
next >>
Reviews search
Use this search to find historical reviews in our database
Performance schedule
Puccini
6 Feb to 8 Mar 2020
Tchaikovsky
15 Feb to 1 Mar 2020
Wagner
4 to 11 Apr 2020
Wagner
13 Apr to 3 May 2020
Warren
29 May to 21 Jun 2020

News & Articles

Enrique Mazzola to succeed retiring Andrew Davis at Lyric Opera
In a major changing of the guard, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s longtime music director and principal conductor, Andrew Davis, will retire at the end of the 2020-21 season, to be replaced by Enrique Mazzola.
13 Sep 2019 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera of Chicago announces its 2019-20 season
Complete Wagner “Ring,” “Don Giovanni,” “Dead Man Walking” to highlight edited Lyric Opera season.
25 Jan 2019 / Classical Review
Lyric Opera, striking musicians reach agreement
The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra have reached an agreement, the company announced Saturday evening.
14 Oct 2018 / Classical Review
Striking musicians reject new contract proposal from Lyric Opera
The leaders of the Chicago Federation of Musicians rejected a new contract proposal from Lyric Opera Thursday afternoon, the company stated. The company claims Lyric’s survival is at stake.
12 Oct 2018 / Classical Review
Lyric Opera of Chicago cancels two performances
The Lyric Opera of Chicago has canceled a number of performances in light of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra’s strike.
11 Oct 2018 / OperaWire