Graham replaces Koch in Lyric “Troyens”; CSO reports another deficit year
Lyric Opera has a new Dido.
Sophie Koch has withdrawn from the company’s upcoming production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens for personal reasons, the company announced Wednesday.
The good news is that Susan Graham, a lauded exponent of French repertoire and Berlioz in particular, will take over Dido for this Chicago premiere. The American mezzo-soprano has sung the role to wide acclaim and was last heard at Lyric in 2010 in another Berlioz role, as Marguerite in La damnation de Faust.
Les Troyens opens at Lyric Opera November 13. lyricopera.org; 312-827-5600.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has posted a deficit of $1.1 million for its 2015-16 season, the organization’s sixth straight shortfall in as many years. That continues the CSO Association’s gradual whittling away at its deficit, from $1.3 million last year and $1.4 million in 2014.
In its 125th anniversary season, the orchestra had a record year for single-ticket CSO sales with $6 million in 2015-16. Orchestra concerts were at 80% capacity, and subscription renewals ran at a respectable 90% rate.
The CSO essentially held the line on operating expenses at $73 million ($72.7 million in 2015) but operating revenues were static as well at $71.9 million ($71.4 million in 2015), resulting in the lingering 2016 deficit.
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