PostHeaderIcon Falling Under Wagner’s Spell

Three score and ten years. It’s taken that long for me to have seen two segments of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.  I resisted for so long yet fell completely under the composer’s spell this week! I did see a … Read more

PostHeaderIcon A Diva’s Newest Challenge

Patricia Racette is an internationally-renowned opera singer who has performed at Patricia Racettemajor houses around the world: The Met in New York, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid and La Scala in Milan. She made her debut in 1989 singing Read more

PostHeaderIcon “Rigoletto” Is The Real Deal

Let me get right to the point. “Rigoletto”, now at Lyric Opera, is a vocally ravishing, near-perfect production that you should rush to see before its run ends on November 3rd. It is good to see Lyric nicely rebounding … Read more

PostHeaderIcon 10 Films to Catch at the Chicago International Film Festival

The blog contains 10 Picks by the editor of films showing at this year's Chicago International Film Festival. The festival opens this week and features 150 films from 50 countries.

PostHeaderIcon Ballet Overshadows Opera Drama

Chicago's Lyric Opera opened its season with its first-ever performance of Gluck's Paris version of "Orphee et Eurydice". The production's added attraction was the presence of the Joffrey Ballet. John Neumeier directed and choreographed the performance and the singing roles were excellent.