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Georg Solti, whose 100th birthday the classical music world is celebrating this month, rose to international fame as a recording artist well before he became widely known in the concert hall and opera house. Indeed, the former music director of the...
The Second City’s collaboration with the Lyric Opera is returning to the Civic Opera House stage, this time with the audience in tow. Following up on Saturday’s sold-out, well-received performance of “The Second City Guide to the...
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Georg Solti loved birthday parties, especially his own. One can only imagine how thrilled he would have been to witness the outpouring of affection from the international gathering of colleagues who presented a special concert in his honor at Symphony...
"Simon Boccanegra," which returned to the Lyric Opera repertory Monday night after an absence of 17 years, is a shadowy tragedy many opera goers respect but few really love, except perhaps for card-carrying Verdi connoisseurs. Even the composer...
Claire Chase learned she was one of the recipients of this year's MacArthur Awards last week during a sound check for a solo performance that the 34-year-old flutist gave in Guangzhou, China. “I was completely stunned,” Chase, co-founder...
Vocal crisis behind her, Christine Goerke takes on the murderous (in all senses) role of Elektra at LyricChristine Goerke is flying high in the opera world, but not so long ago a catastrophic vocal crisis threatened to send the world she knew crashing down around her. The celebrated American dramatic soprano, who will make her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut...
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Michael Haneke's devastating "Amour" opens Friday in Chicago. And since its Cannes Film Festival premiere in May, this tale of a long-married man and woman in their 80s, tested by illness and the limits of their own compassion, has moved audiences in a...
Sitting through three different productions of "The Magic Flute" ("Die Zauberflote") in Chicago within only 10 months could leave even the most devout Mozartian with a bad case of musical indigestion. On the other hand, an opera as richly varied in...
The South Hagerstown High School sports boosters will meet at 7 p.m. today in the media center. All are welcome to attend. Arts in the Park A free preview of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hagerstown City...
"People in Chicago no longer will have to deal with an opera company director with an English accent," jokes Andreas Mitisek. "Now all they will have to adjust to is dealing with one with an Austrian accent!" In fact, the change of regime at Chicago...
Now that Chicago Opera Theater appears to have given up on Baroque opera, and Lyric Opera is taking a pass on anything Baroque next season, the field is wide open. Fortunately we have the enterprising early music enthusiasts of the Haymarket Opera Company...
For many classical artists, the road to retirement is paved with lingering glances back to past glories, calculated to stir sentimental memories in their fans. The beloved operatic and concert singer Kiri Te Kanawa has been plying that route since...
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