• Nilo Cruz

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that it has commissioned an opera based on Ann Patchett’s novel Bel Canto, inspired by a 126-day hostage crisis in Lima, Peru, in 1996 and ’97. The new work will have its world premiere at Lyric in December 2015. Here’s some of what makes this news of way more than passing interest:

1. Previous attempts to adapt the book for film, Broadway stage, and opera have failed. Patchett (who was present, along with the entire creative team, at a press briefing today in the Lyric lobby) says, in this regard, the book “does have a certain cursed quality to it.”