Lyric Opera of Chicago - Chicago
12 December 2018

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Il Trovatore

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 8

Vital foursome re-energizes a Verdi classic
8 Dec 18 / Chicago on the Aisle
Big voices bring visceral Verdi thunder to Lyric’s “Trovatore”
3 Dec 18 / Classical Review
Tamara Wilson among major stars in successful revival of Verdi classic
29 Nov 18 / OperaWire
Il Trovatore's plot is grim, but who cares when you know the score?
22 Nov 18 / Chicago Reader
Il Trovatore at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has it all
22 Nov 18 / Chicago Now
Great Chicago fire
20 Nov 18 / parterre box
Lyric Opera triumphs in dazzling revival of ‘Il trovatore’
20 Nov 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
A boldly sung revival of Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'
20 Nov 18 / Chicago Tribune
Cendrillon

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 8

Lyric’s ‘Cendrillon’ an enchanting French rendering of ‘Cinderella’
6 Dec 18 / WTTW
More than a century after its Paris premiere, Cendrillon comes to the Lyric
5 Dec 18 / Chicago Reader
A storybook Cendrillon from Laurent Pelly
5 Dec 18 / Seen and Heard
Lyric’s Cendrillon is a fairy tale that dazzles and delights
5 Dec 18 / Third Coast Review
Little romantic charm, Massenet magic in Lyric Opera’s silly “Cendrillon”
4 Dec 18 / Chicago Classical Review
Lyric Opera of Chicago's timeless tale a special family outing
4 Dec 18 / Chicago Parent
A magical, mystical view of 'Cendrillon'
3 Dec 18 / Chicago Tribune
No longer a forgotten stepsister, the charming ‘Cendrillon’ delights at Lyric
3 Dec 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
Siegfried

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 12

Johan Engels’ fresh Siegfried returns
16 Nov 18 / Seen and Heard
Amid witty optics, short-pants hero meets gravitas of Eric Owens
10 Nov 18 / Chicago on the Aisle
First action hero
10 Nov 18 / parterre box
How to not train your Dragon
10 Nov 18 / Newcity Stage
Lyric Opera delivers a thrilling, modern "Siegfried"
10 Nov 18 / Chicago Maroon
Explosive ovations for Chicago’s spectacular new “Siegfried”
10 Nov 18 / Opera Warhorses
Whimsy wields sharp sword in mixed Siegfried
10 Nov 18 / Classical Voice North America
Wagner’s music resplendent in Pountney’s crowd-pleasing production
7 Nov 18 / OperaWire
Wagner’s music is glorious, even if his hero never becomes more than a blustering little boy
7 Nov 18 / Chicago Reader
Inspired singing wins out over trivial staging in Lyric Opera’s “Siegfried”
6 Nov 18 / Classical Review
Strong singing prevails in Lyric Opera’s odd, kiddie-themed ‘Siegfried’
5 Nov 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
A daring, 21st century 'Siegfried'
5 Nov 18 / Chicago Tribune
Idomeneo

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 6

Matthew Polenzani stars in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle “world treasure” production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo”
10 Nov 18 / Opera Warhorses
Polenzani excels in title role of Idomeneo
25 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Strike gives way to stellar Mozart and new reign of euphoria
22 Oct 18 / Chicago on the Aisle
An inspired cast brings out the human drama in Lyric Opera’s “Idomeneo”
22 Oct 18 / Classical Review
‘Idomeneo’ returns to Lyric Opera in splendid production
20 Oct 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
A dark and compelling 'Idomeneo'
20 Oct 18 / Chicago Tribune
La bohème

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 8

A new La bohème opens season at Lyric Opera of Chicago
24 Oct 18 / Opera Today
Best in snow
21 Oct 18 / parterre box
Despite excellent artists, a mixed bag on Lyric’s opening night
10 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Novel stagecraft to be seen, great singing to be heard in Lyric’s ‘La Bohème’
9 Oct 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
Soprano’s moving Mimi, fresh staging lift Lyric Opera’s “Bohème”
9 Oct 18 / Classical Review
A sleekly modern 'La Boheme' ennobled by Maria Agresta's Mimi
9 Oct 18 / Chicago Tribune
Splendid voices, squandered in an unsentimental tool shed
9 Oct 18 / Chicago on the Aisle
Lyric Opera launches a strong 64th season with moving, minimalist La Bohème
8 Oct 18 / Third Coast Review
Jesus Christ Superstar

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 9

Jesus Christ Superstar rocks the Lyric Opera of Chicago
5 May 18 / Chicago Now
This stage representation of the music and text emerges as one
5 May 18 / Opera Today
From London, new Jesus Christ Superstar shows Lloyd Webber at his most powerful
3 May 18 / Seen and Heard
Lyric’s Jesus Christ is, indeed, a superstar
2 May 18 / Chicago Reader
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is supersonic at Lyric Opera of Chicago
2 May 18 / Hollywood Chicago
Jesus hopped the l train
1 May 18 / parterre box
'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Lyric is a live Lloyd Webber rock album, perfect for millennials
1 May 18 / Chicago Tribune
Exciting new territory for Lyric
1 May 18 / Broadway World
A glorious rock-opera celebration
30 Apr 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
Faust

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 15

A new Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago
31 Mar 18 / Opera Today
A homage to F.W. Murnau
29 Mar 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Méphistophélès, master puppeteer: a new Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago
21 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Benjamin Bernheim leads superb “Faust” cast
17 Mar 18 / Opera Warhorses
The vibe is American, accent clearly French, and a stylish devil rules
17 Mar 18 / Chicago on the Aisle
An old bargain yields new vocal and visual riches
11 Mar 18 / Classical Voice North America
Sensory overload detracts from Lyric’s new Faust
10 Mar 18 / Third Coast Review
In Gounod’s ‘Faust,’ a slew of mixed messages
10 Mar 18 / Chicago Tonight
Newbury and his colleagues deliver a riveting Faust
8 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
Lyric Opera's new 'Faust' a visual bounty of John Frame's surreal art
7 Mar 18 / Chicago Daily Herald
Frame’s unique concepts combine with glorious singing from Ailyn Pérez & Ben Bernheim
7 Mar 18 / OperaWire
This Faust honors the roots of Gounod's opera while allowing new ideas and images to blossom
6 Mar 18 / Windy City Times
Splendid cast gives Gounod his due in muddled 'Faust' at Lyric Opera
5 Mar 18 / Chicago Tribune
Strong cast overwhelmed by staging idiocies in Lyric Opera’s hellish “Faust”
5 Mar 18 / Classical Review
It’s high-tech versus low-tech in razzle-dazzle staging of ‘Faust’ at Lyric
5 Mar 18 / Chicago Sun-Times
Soprano Erin Wall announces she will undergo chemotherapy
Erin Wall has announced she will undergo chemotherapy for cancer, and has cancelled performances of Faust at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Così fan tutte

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 11

Cruel fun on the Riviera
29 Mar 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Mozart’s mature opera has returned to the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago
9 Mar 18 / Opera Today
Crebassa and Martinez shine in Mozart’s infidelity comedy
1 Mar 18 / OperaWire
The cast is on-point, youthful in look and spirit, supple in voice and also convincing as actors
1 Mar 18 / Windy City Times
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News & Articles

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
Lyric Opera Orchestra goes out on strike
The Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra went out on strike Tuesday morning and musicians began picketing outside of the Civic Opera House.
10 Oct 2018 / Classical Review
Lyric Opera going down to the wire with contract negotiations
With just three days before Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its season with Puccini’s La Boheme, the company is going down to the wire in its contract negotiations with musicians unions.
4 Oct 2018 / Classical Review

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