Critic’s Choice

Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Tatiana Serjan
Tatiana Serjan

Tatiana Serjan made a powerful Chicago debut in 2013 performing the role of Lady Macbeth in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert performances of Verdi’s opera, conducted by Riccardo Muti.

The Russian soprano is back to tackle the role of the imperiled title diva in Puccini’s Tosca for her Lyric Opera debut Saturday night. Brian Jagde–a late substitution for Misha Didyk–plays her lover Cavaradossi, with Evgeny Nikitin as the villainous Scarpia. Conductor Dmitri Jurowski will also make his company debut.; 312-827-5600.


Two Russian rarities for orchestra and chorus are in the spotlight for Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week. Alexander Scriabin will be represented by his sprawling Symphony No. 1, which, Mahler-like, calls for two vocal soloists and a chorus in the final movement. The CSO Chorus will also be on tap for Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, adapted from his score for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 Soviet film of the same name. Concerts are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.; 312-294-3000.

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