PostHeaderIcon “Les Troyens” Conquers Lyric

The season is still quite young and Lyric Opera has scored its second blockbuster triumph with its first-ever staging of Hector Berlioz‘s epic music-drama, “Les Troyens”. The work is so massive in scale (monumental chorus, orchestra, ballet company … Read more

PostHeaderIcon The Queen Who Kept Her Head

As part of its 20th season, Timeline is presenting a pleasurable re-imagination of her marriage to the tempestuous Henry with the American premiere of Kate Hennig's play, "The Last Wife". It was first presented at the Stratford Festival in Canada last year where it enjoyed a three month, sold-out engagement

PostHeaderIcon “Tristan and Isolde” Twice

I spent seven hours in two darkened movie theaters two weekends ago gorging on a full plate of opera.  Yet, I emerged from this musical marathon not spent but energized by two fascinating takes on one of opera’s supreme works, Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde”. There … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Two Unlikely Art Soulmates

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PostHeaderIcon Pass the Popcorn: Festival Picks

Before I delve into which films I recommend in the 52nd Chicago Film Festival, tribute must first be paid to the tireless efforts over more than a half-century of Michael Kutza. Back in 1964, before there was Sundance, Telluride, … Read more

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