PostHeaderIcon A Night to Remember

A Grand Spectacle! That was Lyric Opera‘s Opening Night. The anticipation of seeing a sublime production is what opera lovers bring to every opening but which few productions satisfy fully. Grand Opera is a very hard goal to attain. … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Thrilling Terpsichore!

For one delightful week, the dance capital of America is here in Chicago. Leading modern dance and ballet companies from New York, London, Philadelphia and our Windy City have landed here for the 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Dancing Festival. Read more

PostHeaderIcon Weilerstein & Alsop: A Winning Musical Team at Grant Park

Grant Park Music Festival’s summer season has passed the midway point with just three more weeks remaining after this weekend. Fans should make plans to catch the festival’s delightful blend of music and lawn picnicking before it ends on August 20. If … Read more

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.