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The ultimate guide to museums, culture, and entertainment attractions in Chicago

Lyric Opera
The Barber of Seville

Photography: (above) Robert Kusel; (below) Michael Brosilow

Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni

Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 65th season starts September 28, and it’s a really big one! Come be captivated by an array of whimsical, powerful, and touching stories that are universally engaging, gorgeous costumes and sets, and spectacular music performed by internationally acclaimed singers collaborating with Lyric’s own renowned orchestra and chorus. Their glorious sounds fill the iconic Lyric Opera House without amplification for opera performances. You truly must experience it to believe it.

The season opens with a charming original Lyric production (created by a team of Tony Award winners) of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (composed when he was just 24!) that’s as gleefully witty as its story. Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian, especially because she’s got a dashing young suitor who’s really a count in multiple disguises. Figaro, the clever barber and get-it-done guy, engineers a series of wild and crazy schemes to ensure the young lovers wind up happily ever after. A formidable cast of word-class artists will sing comical circles around each other in performances September 28 through October 27.

It’s exciting to hear something new and different by Verdi, who’s so well known for La traviata, Il trovatore, Rigoletto, and many others. Luisa Miller is a revelation of blazing passion and soaring melodies that will make you wonder why you haven’t heard it before. This tale of star-crossed love, violent jealousy, and family enmity will electrify audiences with its powerful musical storytelling. Performances October 12–31.

When composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally collaborated on their first opera, the riveting result was Dead Man Walking. First a New York Times best-selling book, then an Academy Award-winning film, Dead Man Walking introduces us to Sister Helen Prejean, the real-life Louisiana nun who serves as spiritual adviser to a convicted murderer on death row. Powerful and poignant, Its melodic beauty and exploration of profound friendship and forgiveness make it among the most important operas of this century. Performances November 2–22.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Barber of Seville

September 28-October 27

Luisa Miller

October 12-31

Dead Man Walking

November 2-22

Don Giovanni

November 14-December 8

The Three Queens

December 1-7

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