Lyric Opera of Chicago - Chicago
9 December 2021

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Florencia en el Amazonas

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 7

The river of dreams
30 Nov 21 / parterre box
On a love boat in the time of cholera
21 Nov 21 / Hyde Park Herald
Lyric Opera rides the powerful waves of genuine musical magic in ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’
17 Nov 21 / WTTW
Magic of a jungle river runs aground as drama
17 Nov 21 / Chicago on the Aisle
Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez, a Spanish-language opera finally docks at Lyric Opera
15 Nov 21 / Chicago Tribune
Catán’s glorious music makes up for fitful vocal magic in Lyric Opera’s “Florencia”
15 Nov 21 / Chicago Classical Review
Spanish-language ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ arrives at Lyric Opera in grand style
15 Nov 21 / Chicago Sun-Times
Die Zauberflöte

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 6

Lyric brings fresh magic to Mozart’s ‘Flute’ with silent film look and, yes, pink elephants
17 Nov 21 / Chicago on the Aisle
What a concept!
17 Nov 21 / Chicago Reader
There is sensory overload, and very little humanity
11 Nov 21 / parterre box
At Lyric Opera of Chicago, ‘Magic Flute’ is a chilly Berlin import, with digital animation than can upstage the singers
5 Nov 21 / Chicago Tribune
Mozart for Dummies: Lyric Opera chops up, dumbs down “Magic Flute” in animated travesty
5 Nov 21 / Chicago Classical Review
‘The Magic Flute’ takes its cues from Monty Python, silent films, Victorian greeting cards — and it’s fabulous
5 Nov 21 / Chicago Sun-Times
Macbeth

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 11

Lady willpower
12 Oct 21 / parterre box
Verdi’s Macbeth opens Lyric Opera of Chicago 2021–22 Season
9 Oct 21 / Opera Today
Opera is back – hooray!
2 Oct 21 / Classical Voice North America
A haunted and haunting production of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ opens Lyric Opera’s 2021-22 season
30 Sep 21 / WTTW
Admirable Verdi’s Macbeth inaugurates the 2021-2022 season of Lyric Opera of Chicago
24 Sep 21 / Seen and Heard
Lyric Opera, sporting houseful of new seats, reopens with bloody (but beautiful) ‘Macbeth’
23 Sep 21 / Chicago on the Aisle
Risking all for opera - a gloomy Macbeth, a gender-bent Carmen
22 Sep 21 / Chicago Reader
A fine, spooky ‘Macbeth’ at Lyric Opera fights deliciously with our current recovery narrative
20 Sep 21 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric's harrowing Macbeth casts a spell on crowds eager for opera again
20 Sep 21 / News Nation USA
After 18-month Covid hiatus, Lyric Opera reopens with a murky, monastic “Macbeth”
19 Sep 21 / Chicago Classical Review
David McVicar's chilling, dark new production reflects our time
19 Sep 21 / The Times Weekly
Enrique Mazzola eager to finally take the Lyric Opera reins
Mazzola will make his belated inaugural live appearance as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Friday night, leading the season-opening new production of Verdi’s Macbeth.
L'elisir d'amore

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 7

Lively and sophisticated: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love at Lyric Opera of Chicago
8 Oct 21 / Seen and Heard
Lyric Opera’s ‘Elixir of Love’ a delicious confection
1 Oct 21 / WTTW
Lyric Opera’s “L’elisir d’Amour” delicious sweets
1 Oct 21 / Illinois News Today
Lyric uncorks the charm with 'The Elixir Of Love'
30 Sep 21 / Patch
A delightfully live affirmation of life
28 Sep 21 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera’s ‘Elixir of Love’ a fabulous dose of lighthearted escapism served up by dazzling cast
28 Sep 21 / Chicago Sun-Times
A charming cast sparks the frothy fun in Lyric’s lively “Elixir”
28 Sep 21 / Chicago Classical Review
Twilight: Gods

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 4

Drive-thru ‘Twilight’ whittles Wagner’s epic to garagiste opera
1 May 21 / Classical Voice North America
Lyric Opera of Chicago pares down a Wagnerian epic for a pandemic drive-through
30 Apr 21 / Seen and Heard
Chicago stages drive-through Wagner in underground garage
29 Apr 21 / Associated Press
Lyric Opera’s ‘Twilight: Gods’ delivers a sensational drive-through Wagner — in an underground garage
28 Apr 21 / Chicago Sun-Times
Attila

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 1

Lyric presents a stirring 'Attila'
16 Apr 21 / Hyde Park Herald
Madama Butterfly

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 7

Two impressive debuts in Chicago Lyric’s Madama Butterfly reboot
17 Mar 20 / Seen and Heard
A ‘Butterfly that soars
12 Feb 20 / The Times Weekly
Madama Butterfly is the ultimate bad date story
12 Feb 20 / Chicago Reader
A celebrated Butterfly, Ana Maria Martinez indicates traditional Japanese movement with quiet grace
11 Feb 20 / Newcity Stage
‘Madama Butterfly’ remains one of opera’s grandest tearjerkers
10 Feb 20 / Chicago Sun-Times
From a clear-sighted soprano, a high purpose
10 Feb 20 / Chicago on the Aisle
A compelling case for ‘Madama Butterfly’
8 Feb 20 / Chicago Tribune
The Queen of Spades

Lyric Opera of Chicago


No. of reviews: 8

The current production succeeds admirably in portraying such aspects of the human psyche
4 Mar 20 / Opera Today
Obsession, ill fate and tragedy in Lyric Opera's The Queen of Spades
28 Feb 20 / Chicago Daily Herald
Raw deal
26 Feb 20 / ConcertoNet (English)
A stunning Queen of Spades in Chicago
21 Feb 20 / Seen and Heard
Long live this Queen
19 Feb 20 / Newcity Stage
Tchaikovsky trashed: Lyric audience dealt a losing hand by disastrous staging of “Queen of Spades”
19 Feb 20 / Classical Review
Brandon Jovanovich passionately tears into Gherman
19 Feb 20 / Windy City Times
No dancing mice in sight as Lyric showcases Tchaikovsky’s darker side
17 Feb 20 / Chicago Sun-Times
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
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News & Articles

Enrique Mazzola eager to finally take the Lyric Opera reins
Mazzola will make his belated inaugural live appearance as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Friday night, leading the season-opening new production of Verdi’s Macbeth.
15 Sep 2021 / Chicago Classical Review
Lyric Opera of Chicago announces new health protocols
Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced new health protocols as it prepares for a return to live performances.
19 Aug 2021 / OperaWire
Lyric Opera of Chicago trims down 2021-22 season
Lyric Opera of Chicago will return to live performances this fall mixing favorites with contemporary works in its 67th season. Most of the company’s 2021-22 repertoire was announced last fall.
20 May 2021 / Chicago Classical Review
Lyric Opera of Chicago revamps 2020-21 season
The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced new offerings for its revamped 202-21 season.
7 Feb 2021 / OperaWire
Lyric Opera patrons will return (eventually) to new, wider seats
In a show of confidence about its future, the company has been replacing every seat and reconfiguring its audience space, and expects to finish the project this week.
24 Nov 2020 / Chicago Sun-Times