Lyric Opera of Chicago - Chicago
15 December 2017

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Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 7

The riddle of Turandot
14 Dec 17 / Hyde Park Herald
Opera at its grandest in Puccini’s final work
14 Dec 17 / OperaWire
Love triumphs in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new Turandot
14 Dec 17 / Seen and Heard
Turandot isn’t just problematic—it’s complicated
14 Dec 17 / Chicago Reader
Lyric Opera triumphs with sumptuous ‘Turandot’
7 Dec 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
Magic is missing from Lyric Opera's hand-me-down 'Turandot'
7 Dec 17 / Chicago Tribune
La Colla, Wagner and chorus pack a Puccini punch in Lyric Opera’s “Turandot”
7 Dec 17 / Classical Review
Die Walküre

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 15

Vocally superb but disappointingly staged 'Walküre'
6 Dec 17 / St Louis Post-Dispatch
Christine Goerke defines Brunhilde
4 Dec 17 / Berkshire Fine Arts
A new Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago
25 Nov 17 / Opera Today
Lyric 'Die Walküre' an opera of epic experience
15 Nov 17 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera of Chicago offers very theatrical ‘Die Walküre’
13 Nov 17 / New York Times
David Pountney's riveting Walküre opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
12 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
Pountney’s Lyric Opera Die Walküre exceeds expectations
10 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Heroic singing, lots of blood, and Wagner caught in a muddle
7 Nov 17 / Chicago on the Aisle
Ring at midpoint: love is reflected in a harsh mirror
7 Nov 17 / Classical Voice North America
Stage tricks sometimes misfire in Lyric's musically strong new 'Walkure'
6 Nov 17 / Chicago Tribune
Breaking with conventions in Lyric’s grand, gargantuan ‘Die Walkure’
6 Nov 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
Wow factor
6 Nov 17 / parterre box
Owens and Goerke excel as strained familial relationships draw focus
5 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Magnificent singing vies with directorial excess in Lyric Opera’s variable “Walküre”
3 Nov 17 / Classical Review
Strong singing and evocative designs
3 Nov 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Les pêcheurs de perles

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 7

A lustrous Pearl Fishers designed by Zandra Rhodes
30 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
An extremely colorful “Pearl Fishers” at Lyric Opera
30 Nov 17 / Hyde Park Herald
Kiss the pearls goodbye
23 Nov 17 / parterre box
Mirroring Bizet’s exotic poem of love in a distant world
23 Nov 17 / Chicago on the Aisle
Radiant voices are the charm in Lyric’s ‘Pearl Fishers’
21 Nov 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
A first-rate cast finds treasure in Lyric Opera’s colorful “Pearl Fishers”
21 Nov 17 / Classical Review
Lyric's 'Pearl Fishers' ablaze in hot colors, but first-class singing heats up house
21 Nov 17 / Chicago Tribune

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 10

Not for the eye, but it’s a triple treat vocally, and that’s no jest
7 Nov 17 / Chicago on the Aisle
Matthew Polenzani, Quinn Kelsey and Rosa Feola dazzle in Verdi’s tragedy
2 Nov 17 / OperaWire
Quinn Kelsey offers a memorable court jester and father
30 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Quinn Kelsey and Matthew Polenzani shine in classic Italian opera
20 Oct 17 / Stage and Cinema
Surrealist Rigoletto at the Lyric impresses with vocal talent
12 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
A scintillating Rigoletto arrives from San Francisco
11 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
Plus a little jest
10 Oct 17 / parterre box
Divine voices power a father-daughter tragedy in ‘Rigoletto’
9 Oct 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
Vocal sparks fly in Lyric Opera's riveting 'Rigoletto'
9 Oct 17 / Chicago Tribune
Feola, Polenzani soar in Lyric Opera’s “Rigoletto”
9 Oct 17 / Classical Review
Orfeo ed Euridice

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 11

Lyric Opera, in stylish step with Joffrey Ballet, dances into new season with Gluck’s ‘Orphée’
7 Nov 17 / Chicago on the Aisle
Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice opened the 2017–18 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago
9 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Andriana Churchman, with her lush voice and impressive dancing melded beautifully with the Joffrey dancers
5 Oct 17 / Chicago Now
John Neumeier's Orphée et Eurydice a bold season opener for the Lyric Opera
3 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Collaboration with Joffrey Ballet showcases Neumeier’s vision in a season opener to remember
1 Oct 17 / OperaWire
Lyric And Joffrey team on elegant Orphée et Eurydice
27 Sep 17 / Classical Voice North America
Lyric Opera, in stylish step with Joffrey Ballet, dances into new season with Gluck’s ‘Orphée’
27 Sep 17 / Chicago on the Aisle
A director delves into dance for Gluck’s classic tale
27 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
Lyric Opera and Joffrey Ballet join forces for a stylish, imaginative “Orphée”
25 Sep 17 / Classical Review
Successfully fusing opera and ballet in Lyric’s ‘Orphee et Eurydice’
25 Sep 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
Triumphant new 'Orphee' presages strong partnership of Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet
25 Sep 17 / Chicago Tribune
My Fair Lady

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 9

An ensemble which does ample justice to the wit and lyrical beauty of the well-known score
6 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Lyric Opera's 'My Fair Lady' provides one enjoyable evening
11 May 17 / Northwest Herald
Robert Carsen directs a lovingly detailed My Fair Lady
6 May 17 / Seen and Heard
Glorious musical theater at Lyric Opera of Chicago
4 May 17 / Hyde Park Herald
As Eliza puts it- just you wait!
4 May 17 / Chicago Stage Standard
Lyric Opera’s Fair Lady is most fair indeed
4 May 17 / Chicago Reader
Lyric Opera’s My Fair Lady will have audiences dancing all night
4 May 17 / performink chicago
At Lyric, disjointed ‘My Fair Lady’ gets lost on opera stage
1 May 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
The Lyric's 'My Fair Lady' has an Eliza who deserves better
1 May 17 / Chicago Tribune

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 8

What a treat, to witness one of the great masterpieces of art!
10 Apr 17 / Fra Noi
Lyric Opera's 'Carmen' sizzles with new principal singers
19 Mar 17 / Chicago Tribune
Allure’s everywhere, then bizarre finale lets the tragic line fall slack
5 Mar 17 / Chicago on the Aisle
A luscious new Carmen in Chicago
18 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
New Carmen riffs on Picasso’s Guernica
17 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Inept direction, miscast mezzo plunge a knife into Lyric Opera’s lightweight “Carmen”
13 Feb 17 / Chicago Classical Review
Lyric seduces with the dangerous charms of ‘Carmen’
13 Feb 17 / Chicago Sun-Times
Dancing frills a showy distraction in Lyric's vocally solid 'Carmen'
13 Feb 17 / Chicago Tribune
Eugene Onegin

Lyric Opera of Chicago

No. of reviews: 6

In an Onegin revival, an outstanding cast
9 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
Les feuilles mortes
7 Mar 17 / parterre box
Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage
3 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
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News & Articles

Christine Goerke fighting opera’s ‘fat lady’ stereotype
“It’s very much like running a marathon,” said Goerke, relaxing after a recent rehearsal for the second part of Richard Wagner’s epic “Ring Cycle” that Lyric began last year.
16 Oct 2017 / Chicago Sun-Times
Why Lyric Opera and Joffrey Ballet found cause to merge
Lyric Opera has announced that the Joffrey Ballet will become its resident ballet corps beginning in 2020 and as of that season Joffrey’s performances would be exclusively at the Civic Opera House.
29 Sep 2017 / Chicago Tonight
Lyric Opera retrenches to largely populist fare in 2017-18 season
Following the current ambitious and adventurous Lyric Opera of Chicago season, the company will retrench to its conservative tradition in 2017-18 with the emphasis on populist fare and familiar singers.
8 Feb 2017 / Chicago Classical Review
Lyric CEO reflects on trying to redefine opera
Like every other major opera company in America, Lyric Opera is under pressure to grow and diversify its audience, to enhance revenue and fundraising while maintaining artistic excellence.
16 Nov 2016 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera of Chicago releases its FY2016 financial report
Lyric Opera of Chicago calls FY2016 breakeven, though financial report shows sea of red.
5 Nov 2016 / Chicago Business Journal