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 2020 Season

Saturday Opera with Lane Whitesell 

Enjoy Lane's reviews of opera performances within driving distance here!

2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Wagner: Die Walkure

Wagner:  Die Walkure
This is the 2017 performance from Lyric Opera's complete Ring of the Nibelungen, presented as an archival performance for this COVID season. Christine Goerke and Eric Owens are Brunnhilde and Wotan, with Brandon Jovanovich and Elizabeth Strid as the brother and sister Siegmund and Sieglinde.

June 27. Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

June 27.  Bizet:  The Pearl Fishers
From the 2017-18 season, this performance of The Pearl Fishers featured Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecen as the friends who both love the preiestess Leila, sung by Marina Rebeka.

June 20. Verdi: Rigoletto

This performance from 2-1/2 years ago featured today's reigning Rigoletto, Quinn Kelsey, with Matthew Polenzani as the Duke and Rosa Feola as Gilda.

June 13. Puccini: Turandot

June 13.  Puccini:  Turandot
Amber Wagner is the title character with Stephen La Colla as Calaf and Maria Agresta as Liu. The production was originally done for Dallas (a co-production which ended up in Chicago for its lasting home) and features a magnificent pearl held by a dragon, from which Turandot appears in the first act.

June 6. Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte

June 6.  Mozart:  Cosi fan Tutte
In this performance from last February, Lyric Opera of Chicago fielded a good cast, with Ana Maria Martinez and Marianne Crebasse as Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and Andrew Stenson and Joshua Hopkins as their suitors. Alessandro Corbelli is Don Alfonso.

May 30. Richard Strauss: Elektra

May 30.  Richard Strauss:  Elektra
Lise Lindstrom is Elektra in this production from Vienna last November.

May 23. Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann

May 23.  Offenbach:  Tales of Hoffmann
The Hoffmann, Dmitry Korchak, is a very hot property, so you
may now make up your mind bout his talent. The same goes for
Olga Peretyatko, who sings all three heroines instead of the more
expected Olympia only.

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