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Chicago Opera Theater presents The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Opera Theater presents The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing

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COT makes good on its promise to develop new works and feature diverse voices.
A queer subject matter, an Asian-American female composer, and a cast that includes Chicago based bass Vince Wallace. These are all good things and we should support them.

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COT presents The Invention of Morel
Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

COT presents The Invention of Morel

February 18, 24 & 26 • 2017

The Studebaker Theater (410 S Michigan Ave)

Approx. 90 minutes, performed in English

When a man has no hope, he has nothing left to lose. Time-bending love triumphs over convention in this futuristic story of love and desire. On a lonely island this sci-fi story redefines the limits of human connection and the power of love. Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police, sets this fantastical tale of the human heart to thrilling music for this co-world premiere with Long Beach Opera. 

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Third Eye Theatre Ensemble Presents Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble Presents Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters

Nico Muhly's opera about the aftermath of a raid on an FLDS compound is treated to a beautifully sung and cleverly directed production by Third Eye Theatre Ensemble. Excellent set design and resourceful musical direction allow the audience to be immersed in and moved by the tragedy.

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Third Eye Theatre Ensemble presents Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble presents Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters

Nico Muhly's opera about the aftermath of a raid on an FLDS compound is treated to a beautifully sung and cleverly directed production by Third Eye Theatre Ensemble. Excellent set design and resourceful musical direction allow the audience to be immersed in and moved by the tragedy.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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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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Transgressive Theatre-Opera presents: A Chekhov Trio
Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

Transgressive Theatre-Opera presents: A Chekhov Trio

Something to check out for fans of local hero David Govertsen, fans of soprano-assoluta-in-training Mary Lutz Govertsen, fans of Chicago's sweetheart Anne Slovin, and fans of Chekhov and/or Dominick Argento.  That pretty much covers everyone visiting this website, no?

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Transgressive Theatre-Opera presents: A Chekhov Trio
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Transgressive Theatre-Opera presents: A Chekhov Trio

Something to check out for fans of local hero David Govertsen, fans of soprano-assoluta-in-training Mary Lutz Govertsen, fans of Chicago's sweetheart Anne Slovin, and fans of Chekhov and/or Dominick Argento.  That pretty much covers everyone visiting this website, no?

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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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Chicago Fringe Opera presents In the Penal Colony
May
14
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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