Europe-bound, James Conlon departs Ravinia after 11 years with no regrets

James Conlon certainly fits the profile of the jet-setting modern maestro.…

Jul 20, 2015
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Bunch premiere to highlight opening week of Grant Park Music Festival

The Grant Park Music Festival is getting right down to business…

Jun 15, 2015
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Requiem for a great friend who also happened to be a great composer

When I moved from Chicago to take up a new job…

Mar 28, 2015
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After a long exile, Weinberg’s “Passenger” to arrive at Lyric Opera

The spark came unexpectedly.

It was a sunny summer’s day in…

Feb 18, 2015
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Critic’s Choice


Feast or famine.

For those of us who…

Feb 17, 2015
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“Bel Canto” premiere, “Wozzeck” and Fleming’s “Merry Widow’ on tap for Lyric Opera in 2015-16

The Lyric Opera of Chicago will enter its seventh decade with…

Feb 09, 2015
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Anne Sofie von Otter still looking for new musical worlds to conquer

“I have copious amounts of energy,” said Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne…

Jan 05, 2015
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Top Ten Performances of 2014

1. Mozart: Don Giovanni–Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Lyric Opera of…

Dec 23, 2014
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Conductor Manfred Honeck searches for a vital blend of the scholarly and spiritual

The first thing Manfred Honeck asks about is the weather in…

Dec 10, 2014
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Pianist Denis Kozhukhin searches for harmony in a wide range of music

Career paths are different for every pianist. Some focus on giving…

Nov 19, 2014
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