It’s been said that the soul of opera is its music, so in the case of The Factotum—Will Liverman and DJ King Rico’s original piece that is a loose take on Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville—hip-hop is at its beautiful core. The MTV generation, or hip-hop fans of a certain age, can recall the […]
Journalist Charles M. Blow once wrote in his New York Times column that he “likes to think of himself as a Southern writer.” His childhood in Gibsland, Louisiana, shaped his writing, and in the south, “you don’t so much say words as sing them.” Now, at Lyric Opera, his own story is literally being sung. […]
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”? […]
Chicago high school students have teamed up with opera professionals to show that their neighborhoods are more than what’s shown in the media.
Boy meets boy amid McCarthy-era witch hunts in Fellow Travelers, the opera.
Chicago music critic Andrew Patner, who died last month, gets a memorable send-off at Orchestra Hall.