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Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Lyric Opera of Chicago

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MickyG wrote a review Feb 2020
103 contributions12 helpful votes
Beautiful building & decor. Madame Butterfly was spellbinding. Recommend the pre- order for intermission refreshments. We were able to enjoy a leisurely glass of wine without waiting in line with this service. Was worried about what to wear but there was a wide range of fashion so just go & enjoy.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Helen T wrote a review Feb 2020
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Tonight we were at Chicago Lyric Opera... One of my favorite Operas ” Queen of Spades ” was playing... All I can say is - voices were fantastic , but that's where my praises would stop. As for production itself: costumes and staging - it was absolutely horrifying and unacceptable ....Its very unfortunate and disappointing that liberal/ ”progressive” narratives have been pushed throughout everything in our Civil Society, including Performing Arts today , no matter whether it's belongs there or not! For example : neither Alexander Pushkin or Peter Tchaikovsky would have appreciate their drama being butchered and turned in to a cheap entertainment, where a dramatic music has no connection to a play itself : - a gay man dressed and act as a pervert dancing with cheap suggestive overtones in front of a few dozens of half naked men somewhere in the dirty shack ( supposedly casino ) on top of a dirty Gambling table... , or, instead of a ghost of a queen appearing before Gherman at night in his dream , as the story suggests, a ridiculous Giant Skeleton lays down in bed with Gherman hugging him.... As we all know :..Opera is a combination of a story/play set on music, sometimes with ballet, but all in harmony and correlation with the Historical Era of the masterpiece required. In this Case - it's an Era of an early 19th century, 1830th... Furthermore, neither Pushkin or later Tchaikovsky , had any intention to turn their particular Masterpieces in to a Comedy!!! Pushkin’s Story is a drama, about greed, love and misfortune, and Tchaikovsky have respectfully followed just that, accenting the Eternal ill of the Human Race... The New Production we’ve just seen wasn’t innovative nor creative! It should be only described as disrespectful , ignorant and obnoxious, with utter disregard for wishes and intentions of Two Historical Icons who wrote this timeless masterpieces ! I have to confess :Entire experience was very upsetting...to see our Beloved and deeply Revered Classics to be mocked and made fun off by pandering staging directors and producers!!! Shameful and insulting!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
kjk977 wrote a review Jan 2020
Palos Park, Illinois2 contributions
We loved it! This was a Christmas gift for our daughter and son-in-law. It was our first visit with them to Lyric.
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Date of experience: December 2019
batfamily10 wrote a review Dec 2019
Normal, Illinois4 contributions1 helpful vote
If you have the opportunity to get tickets to a performance at the Lyric Opera, do it! The talent is world class. We have not seen a bad production. The theater is beautiful. The staff is friendly and helpful. My husband thought he would hate it. Commented to me that he likes hard rock and punk and this isn't his thing. Well, one performance and he is hooked. He looks forward to every matinee we schedule.
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Date of experience: December 2019
MAX W wrote a review Nov 2019
San Antonio, Texas16 contributions4 helpful votes
Visited Chicago to see 2 operas, including above and opening night for Don Giovanni. Both productions were musically and technically excellent. Dead Man Walking was particularly moving both emotionally and musically, considering the dismal subject. The theatre is a wonderful treasure. Beautiful and highly functional. Easy to get a beverage, easy to check coats with check rooms on each floor adequate number of restrooms. Only problem, which is ubiquitous for older venues is small seats with little knee/foot room for tall folks like me. Many seats are narrow, but not all. Lower level seating will be replaced next year. Hopefully, they will focus on more comfort for the sometimes long productions, like this year’s Ring Cycle. I will say the ushers are particularly responsive as I was stymied at Dead Man Walking. Seat was was so narrowI could not adjust my legs at all and knees were crunched. Referred to Head Usher on our floor and he immediately secured a chair and placed it into a wheelchair spot. Great solution! (At an older venue at home, I automatically book into handicapped seating, as each seat is not the same. But mostly they are not suitable for me.) Don Giovanni was very entertaining and I had seen many parts of it, but never the entire production. Very entertaining and musically engaging. The ending was downhill...actually straight downhill into the Depths of Hell! Where the Don was sent by the Commendatore, whom many of you may have seen in the movie, Amadeus. The ending is really quite a show! An appropriate end for the Don, after a fun, yet sinful, romp! After the show, we were lucky to tour the inner workings of the building, rehearsal rooms, costuming, etcetera, conducted by a very nice young man and new member of the Lyric Opera Chorus. All in all, the Lyric! is easy to visit and enjoy on a trip to Chicago.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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