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Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Address: 20 N. Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone Number: +1 312-827-5600
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Splendid old-fashioned opera house, great productions

I've been reviewing operas at Lyric for a few years now for a St. Louis public radio station (KDHX) and while I haven't always agreed with directorial decisions, I have always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been reviewing operas at Lyric for a few years now for a St. Louis public radio station (KDHX) and while I haven't always agreed with directorial decisions, I have always been impressed by the quality of the productions. When Lyric is firing on all cylinders, they can't be beat, as their splendid production of "The Merry Widow" last year... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lyric opera has been around for many years and has a tradition of Great productions and great singing..until recently. To many productions star no-names who don't become names in a few years. You pay high prices for mediocre singing at best. My last two performances here were disappointing. While the orchestra remains terrific, the singers don't compare. Luckily we have... More 

Thank Fred G
Chicago, Illinois, Usa
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of Chicago premier attractions. It is located on Wacker Drive and Madison Street and easily reached via public transportation. It is also a very short distance to Metra trains that come into downtown Chicago from the north and west suburbs. The Opera House itself is an architectural gem. It is managed by an... More 

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Waukegan, Illinois
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Underdone modern opera that should have had heavy editing. Obviously a first-time work. Music reaches crescendos for no apparent reason. Lead female singer is weak. The hero is shot and his "lover" waits 5 minutes before she goes to his body. She tells the solders they've killed the wrong man, but does she actually mean the singing guerrilla? Who can... More 

Thank Peter B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Ravishingly beautiful music (one forgets how great the music in this fairy tale is sometimes) and a charming production; the mice were fabulous (astounding choreography,,,so amazing and genuinely touching--acting much like a Greek chorus to register the emotional power and highlight the emotional content of their scenes--they almost did what Preston Sturges used to warn against: the danger of letting... More 

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Just went to see Jimmy Lopez's "Bel Canto" at the Lyric. The theatre is beautiful and easy to access. The opera is very interesting and I do recommend it.

Thank SonomaRichard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is a beautiful place. The lobby has a wonderful charm to it. My husband and I enjoyed watching the Merry Widow, every one of the singers had an amazing voice and the costumes were out of this world. There is plenty of restaurants located close by.

Thank Giovanna D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We went to the Lyric to see "The Merry Widow." It was an excellent production with a top-notch cast. I have to admit I was concerned because we bought tickets on a whim and on the day of the show, so the only place we could sit was in the very last row. I mean the very last row of... More 

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Vancouver, BC
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I was thrilled to score a rush ticket to see Renee Fleming sing the Met Opera version of The Merry Widow in this stunningly beautiful hall. If you are flexible, call the box office two hours before show time and see what's available at half-price!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

One can expect to see excellent performances at this venue. One of the tips - coat checkroom near Aisle 1 has free binoculars (they will ask to hold your ID in exchange).

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