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La Caccina: Lifeline II at Uncommon Ground (Wrigleyville)
May
18
7:30 AM07:30

La Caccina: Lifeline II at Uncommon Ground (Wrigleyville)

Storytelling through song, featuring original arrangements and repertoire requests from the audience.
The second performance is in a venue that regularly sells out. Reserve in advance.

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Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion
Oct
9
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion

by Frank Martin

performed in English

The epic story of Tristan and Isolde, the fateful lovers who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue their love in defiance of heavenly and earthly powers is told through Martin's mystical and haunting score.

Le Vin Herbé (The Love Potion) premiered in 1942 and is based on The Romance of Tristan & Iseult, a retelling of the Tristan legend by historian and medievalist Joseph Bédier (published 1900). Martin uses 12 singers as both the soloists and as chorus, much in the manner of ancient Greek tragedy. A small ensemble of 7 strings and a piano support the mood and action of the drama. Martin fashioned a work in the greatest possible contrast to Wagner's work by using older text sources (including two Isoldes) and by creating an intimate chamber work with an medieval feel.

Tickets available at: https://www.chicagooperatheater.org/box-office

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Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion
Oct
1
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion

by Frank Martin

performed in English

The epic story of Tristan and Isolde, the fateful lovers who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue their love in defiance of heavenly and earthly powers is told through Martin's mystical and haunting score.

Le Vin Herbé (The Love Potion) premiered in 1942 and is based on The Romance of Tristan & Iseult, a retelling of the Tristan legend by historian and medievalist Joseph Bédier (published 1900). Martin uses 12 singers as both the soloists and as chorus, much in the manner of ancient Greek tragedy. A small ensemble of 7 strings and a piano support the mood and action of the drama. Martin fashioned a work in the greatest possible contrast to Wagner's work by using older text sources (including two Isoldes) and by creating an intimate chamber work with an medieval feel.

Tickets available at: https://www.chicagooperatheater.org/box-office

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Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion

by Frank Martin

performed in English

The epic story of Tristan and Isolde, the fateful lovers who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue their love in defiance of heavenly and earthly powers is told through Martin's mystical and haunting score.

Le Vin Herbé (The Love Potion) premiered in 1942 and is based on The Romance of Tristan & Iseult, a retelling of the Tristan legend by historian and medievalist Joseph Bédier (published 1900). Martin uses 12 singers as both the soloists and as chorus, much in the manner of ancient Greek tragedy. A small ensemble of 7 strings and a piano support the mood and action of the drama. Martin fashioned a work in the greatest possible contrast to Wagner's work by using older text sources (including two Isoldes) and by creating an intimate chamber work with an medieval feel.

Tickets available at: https://www.chicagooperatheater.org/box-office

 

 

 

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Fonema Consort & Parlour Tapes+ present "Souvenirs: Fonema's Greatest Hits" at Constellation
Aug
28
8:30 PM20:30

Fonema Consort & Parlour Tapes+ present "Souvenirs: Fonema's Greatest Hits" at Constellation

If Fonema Consort is not on your radar, it should be.  This ensemble, dedicated to commissioning concerted vocal works, features two of the finest singers in the city: co-founder, soprano, contemporary music specialist, and chamber musician Nina Dante; and opera/lieder singer and vocal music entrepreneur, soprano Nathalie Colas.  This concert showcases some of the favorite works in the repertoire they have been building for the past five years. Chicago is lucky to have such fine and stylish musicians dedicated to the cause of new music.

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Grant Park Music Festival and the Ryan Opera Center present Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men (Act I) & Nico Muhly's Two Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Park Music Festival and the Ryan Opera Center present Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men (Act I) & Nico Muhly's Two Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

The Ryan Opera Center joins Grant Park Orchestra with guest conductor Edwin Outwater.  Tenor Jesse Donner leads the cast for the first act of Floyd's Of Mice and Men.  Annie Rosen is featured in orchestrated songs by Nico Muhly.

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Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs

The Grant Park Chorus opens their season with Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs. If you have never been to a Grant Park Music Festival concert, you should start now.  It is one of the best things offered by the city in one of the best venues in the world.  And its free! 

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Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs

The Grant Park Chorus opens their season with Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs. If you have never been to a Grant Park Music Festival concert, you should start now.  It is one of the best things offered by the city in one of the best venues in the world.  And its free! 

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Chicago Fringe Opera presents In the Penal Colony
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Fringe Opera presents In the Penal Colony

Philip Glass's harrowing adaptation of Franz Kafka's short story of the same title returns to Chicago for the first time since the work's premiere at the Court Theatre in 2000.

With two singers, two actors and a string quintet, Glass's pocket opera is small in scale and vast in impact. In an unnamed country, a soldier is to be put to death by capital punishment: a machine will tattoo the offender's crimes on his skin, thus bleeding him to death. When a suspicious human rights inspectors arrives to witness the punishment, the officer in command must convince him of the humanity of the procedure, but with brutal consequences.

Glass's examination of capital punishment, morality and the darkness of the human spirit is amplified by his iconic score, full of the rhythms and harmonic complexities found in his other works such as Einstein on the Beach and the Qatsi trilogy.

This production is produced in partnership with the Lillstreet Art Center and is performed in the Center's Painting Studio, continuing Chicago Fringe Opera's successful run of opera productions in immersive and non-traditional venues.

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Chicago Fringe Opera presents In the Penal Colony
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Fringe Opera presents In the Penal Colony

Philip Glass's harrowing adaptation of Franz Kafka's short story of the same title returns to Chicago for the first time since the work's premiere at the Court Theatre in 2000.

With two singers, two actors and a string quintet, Glass's pocket opera is small in scale and vast in impact. In an unnamed country, a soldier is to be put to death by capital punishment: a machine will tattoo the offender's crimes on his skin, thus bleeding him to death. When a suspicious human rights inspectors arrives to witness the punishment, the officer in command must convince him of the humanity of the procedure, but with brutal consequences.

Glass's examination of capital punishment, morality and the darkness of the human spirit is amplified by his iconic score, full of the rhythms and harmonic complexities found in his other works such as Einstein on the Beach and the Qatsi trilogy.

This production is produced in partnership with the Lillstreet Art Center and is performed in the Center's Painting Studio, continuing Chicago Fringe Opera's successful run of opera productions in immersive and non-traditional venues.

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