Week 2 of VOCAL ARTS CHICAGO

The hard work populating this website certainly has given me insight into all of the wonderful events happening everywhere and the people trying to create art in our city.  This week, you would be hard pressed NOT to find something that fits your taste.  

Lyric Opera's Rosenkavalier continues with superstar Alice Coote as Oktavian; likewise their Roméo et Juliette gets rebooted with hunky Eric Cutler taking over the role of Roméo. For operetta fans you can catch Princess Ida presented by the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Co. in Hyde Park, or Strauss's Die Fledermaus presented by DePaul University which boasts an amazing young lirico-spinto soprano, Megan Cook in the taxing role of Rosalinde.

Lovers of art song can hear marquee baritone Ryan de Ryke and beloved local pianist Daniel Schlosberg give an all Wolf program at Pianoforte Foundation on Sunday, and a staged version of Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin at Northwestern's new music building on Saturday.

Finally, sacred music on a large and small scale  is everywhere: The Chicago Bach Project is back, this time with the B Minor Mass at Harris Theater featuring Barihunk™ Daniel Okulitch singing the bass arias. You can hear TWO Mendelssohn oratorios - Elijah on Saturday and the lesser known St. Paul on Sunday.  Interesting niche events at St James Cathedral and The Rookery at St. Clement in Lincoln Park.