Lyric Opera of Chicago en Lyric's Oklahoma! ("a revelation") Saturday <p>The waving wheat will sure sound sweet when the Lyric Opera of Chicago performs <em>Oklahoma! </em>Saturday at noon. One critic calls the production "a joyous revelation, establishing beyond a doubt that <font color="#800000"><i>Oklahoma!</i> </font>deserves this sort of stature and venue....<strong>&nbsp;</strong> the score is is rich and lovely in its deceptively simple, thoroughly American-bred melodies. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 02:37:23 +0000 Barney Sherman 23849 at Lyric's Oklahoma! ("a revelation") Saturday Fleming in Previn's "Streetcar" Saturday <p>Tune in Saturday at noon to hear Renee Fleming sing the role created for her&nbsp; - Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," based on the Tennessee Williams play.&nbsp; The broadcast, live from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, also features Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley Kowalski.</p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:59:52 +0000 Barney Sherman 23484 at Fleming in Previn's "Streetcar" Saturday Rigoletto from Lyric, Saturday at Noon <p>Giuseppe Filianoti is "the pre-eminent lyric tenor of his generation";&nbsp;Željko Lučić has triumphed around the world in Verdi. Hear their interpretations of the jester-capped glory of the Verdi repertoire,&nbsp;<em>Rigoletto</em>, this Saturday. Of course, the treacherous triangle at <em>Rigoletto’s </em>core requires a heartrending soprano, and Lyric has one: the Uzbekistan-born, Tchaikovsky Gold Medal-winning&nbsp;Albina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Shagimuratova<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, making her Lyric debut.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 01:56:17 +0000 Barney Sherman 23146 at Rigoletto from Lyric, Saturday at Noon Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon <p>Tune in Saturday for Wagner's comic masterpiece, "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," in a production featuring some master singers, including Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser, Johann Botha as Walther, and the illustrious Wagnerian James Morris as Sachs (one of his signature roles). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production is conducted by music director Sir Andrew Davis.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:26:13 +0000 Barney Sherman 22851 at Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon Netrebko, Calleja Shine in Lyric's Boheme <p>Anna Netrebko as Mimi, Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, &nbsp;Elizabeth Futral&nbsp;as Musetta - &nbsp;you can't find a better cast for La Boheme today than the one we'll broadcast Saturday at noon from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Critic Lawrence Johnson praised&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Netrebko's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"gleaming vocalism, dramatic acuity, and personality-plus stage charisma," and found&nbsp;Calleja&nbsp;to be "o</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n an equally inspired level."</span></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 03:37:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 22415 at Netrebko, Calleja Shine in Lyric's Boheme OperaX2 Saturday: Elektra, Hansel&Gretel <p>Unhappy childhoods are each unhappy in their own way. For Hansel and Gretel, things look grim but turn out sweet; for Elektra... not so much. Hear both stories in great German operas this Saturday from the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss's <em>Elektra</em>, with Christine Goerke in the title role, and Engelbert Humperdinck's <em>Hansel and Gretel, </em>with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth DeShong and Maria Kanyova as the siblings and Jill Grove as the witch.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:18:46 +0000 Barney Sherman 22033 at OperaX2 Saturday: Elektra, Hansel&Gretel Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon <p>Tenor superstar Matthew Polenzani portrays the smitten poet Werther in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Massenet's opera, based on the Goethe novel that rocked Europe.&nbsp; Sophie Koch stars as the unfortunate object of his affection, Charlotte.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:29:46 +0000 Barney Sherman 21309 at Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra <p>Tune in today at 12 noon for the season's first broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring Verdi's<em> Simon Boccanegra -&nbsp;</em> "essentially a heartwarming story about a compassionate political leader... who is reunited with his lost daughter...and makes peace with two political enemies" (as the<em> New York Times </em>summarizes the plot). The renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson heads the stellar cast.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:31:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 20873 at Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra