Lyric Opera of Chicago - Chicago
18 September 2020

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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
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
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News & Articles

Lyric Opera of Chicago cancels further performances
Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that it has cancelled the performances scheduled from September to December in the company's 2020-21 season due to the ongoing health crisis.
17 Jun 2020 / Opera News
What happens when you cancel a once-in-a-lifetime opera
The coronavirus hit America at the worst possible moment for Lyric Opera of Chicago.
9 Apr 2020 / Chicago Magazine
Lyric Opera of Chicago postpones remainder of 2019-20 season
All public performances and events slated through June 30 have been moved to upcoming seasons.
3 Apr 2020 / Chicago Sun-Times
A ‘heartbreaking’ decision to cancel ‘Ring’
Nowhere was the pain felt more acutely than in the Lyric Opera House. That’s where Anthony Freud, the company’s general director, president and CEO, delivered the news in the midst of rehearsals last Friday.
16 Mar 2020 / Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera of Chicago cancels upcoming Ring Cycles
Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that it has canceled its upcoming performances of Wagner's Ring Cycle in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
14 Mar 2020 / Opera News