Chicago Opera Theater is trying out a new opera at the Athenaeum next week. Titled The Cook-Off, it’s about a televised contest in which three young chefs face off over the same meal. The exotic dish they’ll be cooking? Mac and cheese—the mainstay of American tables during the Great Depression. It’s an apt choice at […]
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A timely Turing
After a promising Chicago workshop performance four years ago, Chicago Opera Theater’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing returned for a two-performance world premiere at the Harris Theater last week, conducted by COT music director Lidiya Yankovskaya. It’s a gut-wrenching piece in a well-crafted production, with two major themes that couldn’t be more contemporary: […]
Never mind those icy patches on the sidewalk: spring is here, bringing with it our seasonal theater and arts preview issue. Accordingly, while the global banking system teeters, Xi and Vlad (nukes in their back pockets) rendezvous, and Trump seems poised to take the first-ever presidential perp walk, the issue I’m stewing about is this: […]
Albert Herring balances indie aesthetic with traditional music
Benjamin Britten’s 1947 opera Albert Herring (set in 1900) has been a perennial production for Chicago Opera Theater. But the new mounting opening tonight at the Athenaeum, helmed by director Stephen Sposito, promises to infuse Britten’s story with what the company is calling an “indie-film vibe.” Sposito—who was associate director for The Book of Mormon, […]
In search of freedom
This commission by Chicago Opera Theater brings to town a new opera by the prolific and celebrated Belize-born British composer, singer, pianist, and performer Errollyn Wallen, with librettist Deborah Brevoort. Loosely based on S.I. Martin’s novel Incomparable World, the story is grounded in the little-known historical fact that the Brits recruited enslaved people in the […]
Risking all for opera
A Verdi classic, a twist on Bizet, and a doubleheader of new work kick off the opera season in Chicago.
Will Liverman and Paul Sánchez celebrate Black composers and writers on a collaborative album
While listening to Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers, the most recent release by operatic baritone Will Liverman with pianist and recital partner Paul Sánchez, I realized with a start that time had ground to a halt. But when? Had the clock stopped with H. Leslie Adams’s churning 1992 composition “Amazing Grace”? […]
The gremlin and the EdD
She earned the title—still he was dissing her! Would he do the same to, say, Dr. Kissinger?
Freedom Ride gives voice to an important chapter in American history
Chicago Opera Theater’s exploration of the civil rights movement traces one fictional woman’s journey.
On a bountiful opera weekend, Chicago Opera Theater climbs a peak
Chicago Opera Theater’s Everest is stunning contemporary opera.
Chicago Opera Theater’s Moby-Dick is well worth chasing down
It’ll banish all your memories of English-class torture.
In one big weekend, Chicago Opera Theater shows off an opera in progress and a brand-new production
The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing is revelatory; The Scarlet Ibis is not.
Opera News: Lyric’s Ring Cycle season and COT’s all-female executive suite
Lyric Opera announces its next season, and Chicago Opera Theater’s put the women in charge.
Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione and Rita demonstrate two versions of love
And there are clowns.
Chicago Opera Theater’s gory and good Elizabeth Cree
Chicago Opera Theater’s Elizabeth Cree is gory and very good.