PostHeaderIcon Of Two Heroines & Two Stagings

I have attended two opera broadcasts during the MetLive in HD’s 10th anniversary season. This chance choice of repertoire allowed me to revel in the presence of two fascinating females: “Lulu” and, most recently, “Manon Lescaut”. 


Marlis Petersen as Lulu

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PostHeaderIcon New Opera Triumphs Over Terror

A diplomatic reception is crashed by Peruvian guerrillas and a four-month hostage-taking ensues. During their captivity, the captors and hostages get to know each other and even romances bloom until a bloody denouement ends the siege.

PostHeaderIcon An Exceptional Eight

The One-of-a-Kind Gift Show is a pre-Christmas shopping Lollapalooza that, each year, takes over the 7th Floor of the Merchandise Mart for a a long weekend. This year, 600 vendors from across America and parts of Canada are taking part … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Milwaukee Unveils New “Bones”

Editor’s Note: This news event and happy occasion marks the 100th post I have written for I started this project almost six years ago and have derived great enjoyment sharing my thoughts on Chicago’s cultural scene and beyond. Read more

PostHeaderIcon “Wozzeck” Shows War’s Brutality

We know that “War is Hell”  but we don’t usually go to Lyric Opera to see it so vividly portrayed. As a production, “Wozzeck” is theatrically arresting, a tribute to Sir David McVicar, an opera director usually associated with Mozart, … Read more