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“the cutting edge opera house” 5 of 5 stars
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Chicago Opera Theater
205 E. Randolph Dr, Chicago, IL
312-704-8414
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Naperville, Illinois
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“the cutting edge opera house”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I'm a season subscriber to both the COT and Lyric - and like both for different reasons. At the Lyric you get to see one of the world's great opera companies; at the COT you get to see a company that isn't afraid to take risks. I've seen an opera performed by robots and sparse (but beautiful) renditions of old favorites. The Harris Theater is very nice and it hardly seems like there is a bad seat in the house. The COT makes tickets affordable and your only steps off of Michigan Avenue. I highly suggest that opera lovers get to the COT as quickly as possible to make sure that they continue putting on wonderful presentations.

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful rendition of The Magic Flute...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Was taken by friend last night to my first opera - at Chicago Opera Theater. Affordable enough on a Wednesday night for us to sit 4 rows from the stage. The talent was marvelous. I understand the Lyric has more hoopla and grand effects - but, to be honest, the stage decor was wonderful and effective - and the excellent acting and singing carried the performance. I think it a great bargain. We had bubbly before the show - and easily found parking on the street at a meter.
What more could one ask?

Visited September 2012
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“CHICAGO THEATER IS NOT CHICAGO OPERA THEATER”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

This listing is a merging of two institutions that have nothing to do with each other. The Chicago Theater -- which is the subject of the photo attached here -- is a commercial venue for comedy and music acts. Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is a small opera company that does about 3 productions a year at the Harris Theater, which is on the edge of Millennium Park. I think it would be fair to say that COT does chamber opera: smaller operas with scaled down production values, emerging singers, and smaller orchestras. They do it very well. COT does unusual works rather than the tired warhorses that the major opera houses do. The ticket prices are far lower than the big boys, and musically, the productions are always first-rate. I highly recommend COT for the serious opera fan.

Visited April 2012
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“Greatness on Parade”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

The Chicago Opera Theatre is not limited to Opera. It is a beautifully restored old theatre with exciting new arts events.

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