When Lyric Opera of Chicago added the music theater piece ‘Show Boat’ to its schedule in February of 2012, it seemed like a departure to some, a reconciliation to others. The latter group felt the project was long overdue … More ‘Show Boat’s’ Voyage into the Opera House
On their first day as newly anointed “community ambassadors” for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Eric Owens and Ana María Martínez dispensed with the typical school presentation and chatted with students about growing up in a confusing world. … More Opera Singers as Motivational Speakers?
It’s Friday afternoon, the day before the opening of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. It’s 50 degrees outside. Wacker Drive, which had been a maze of ice canyons, is now six inches underwater. Onstage, there’s a matinee of Die Fledermaus. Backstage, a crew copes with a missed Butterfly rehearsal. Earlier in the week, a polar vortex had … More An Exclusive with Patricia Racette