The acclaimed creative team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer has paired two richly emotional portraits of real people – and their responses to circumstances that defy comprehension. Another Sunrise, starring soprano Caitlin Lynch, is an intimate portrait of one Auschwitz survivor’s struggle to find words capable of describing her harrowing experiences to those who weren’t there.
In For a Look or a Touch, bass- baritone Ryan McKinny and actor Curt Branom portray two idealistic young lovers torn apart under Nazi rule. This compelling double bill highlights the redemptive power of memory, helping us appreciate those touched by the Holocaust in all their complicated humanity.
Caitlin Lynch, Ryan McKinny, Curt Branom
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest, most lavish production in Lake County! Featuring over 100 performers, elaborate sets, graceful dancers and Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, this 35th anniversary performance will delight audience members both young and old. Share the beauty of this dazzling production with your family. Better yet, make it a holiday tradition!
An exhilarating story told in dance, SUGAR HILL is set to the music of the genre-defying collaboration between jazz icons Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in a captivating way that has never been done before. SUGAR HILL reveals the glamour of the 1930s as seen through the lens of the nonconformist daughter of a high-society Black family in Manhattan and her fantastic dreamworld in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. A jazz-steeped reimagining of the classic tale, this Nutcracker sends a stirring message that champions individuality and the journey to find the power of your unique self: “Go find what makes you different to find your magic”. With Libretto/Concept by Jessica Swan, this original production features Direction/Choreography by Emmy Award Winner Joshua Bergasse, with Co-Choreography by Jade Hale-Christofi. Additional Choreography/Dance Consultation by Caleb Teicher, Jon Boogz, and Graciela Daniele (Tony Award). Orchestrations/Arrangements by John Clayton (GRAMMY® Award) and Larry Blank (three-time Tony Award Nominee).
"This cherished version, originally choreographed by Ruth Page herself, is a piece of Chicago history worth seeing." -The Chicago Tribune The beloved Chicago holiday family classic is back for another magical year of performances! Originally presented in the Arie Crown Theater from 1965 until 1997, this is the only production that recreates the original version’s full-length staging. The little girl Clara, her mysterious godfather magician, a handsome prince, the battle between toy soldiers and mice, a forest glade of dancing Snowflakes – these iconic scenes are all brought to life in this beautiful and joyful production of Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker. Featuring international guest artists alongside the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company’s elite dancers, experience the exquisite performances, Tchaikovsky's magical score, stunning costumes and imaginative settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets! Order your tickets early as performances sell out each year! Behind the Curtain presentations These behind-the-scenes special events give audiences a glimpse of the creative process, offering the opportunity to engage directly with artists, choreographers and creative teams through lectures, demonstrations, works-in-progress showings and Q&A. For additional information about upcoming presentations, please visit ruthpage.org.
Witness the magical 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with young Marie and her Nutcracker Prince in two-time Tony Award® winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s holiday masterpiece. It’s a celebratory Christmas Eve, and thanks to a surprise visit from the enchanting Great Impresario, Marie embarks on a spellbinding adventure into a realm of spectacle and wonder. Experience our holiday magic in this must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.
A chamber opera for tenor, piano, and percussion by Iain Bell & Simon Callow In 1853, Charles Dickens began to perform A Christmas Carol in public, portraying each of the characters himself without props or costumes. This tradition continues with Iain Bell and Simon Callow’s chamber opera adaptation, bringing the redemption that embodies the Christmas spirit to life.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience Mozart’s Requiem. Legend has it that Mozart believed he was writing the Requiem for his own funeral. Other composers completed it after his death, but — miraculously — this is not only a totally unified work musically, but one of the greatest choral pieces ever written. It offers a sublime beauty and dignity that leaves audiences profoundly moved and memorably uplifted. Under Music Director Enrique Mazzola, these concerts present a unique opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and will also feature additional Mozart repertoire. Language: Latin Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including 1 intermission Location: Lyric Opera House
Giuseppe Verdi Opera at its grandest! While Aida delights audiences with its visual splendor, it also captivates them with a score ranging from exquisitely intimate arias to deeply dramatic duets and trios, and the most thrilling choruses Verdi ever composed. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, each of the five principal artists boasts not only a sumptuously beautiful voice, but also the charismatic presence to bring these characters and the opera's story of a riveting love triangle vividly to life. Conducting Francesca Zambello’s striking production will be Music Director Enrique Mazzola, acknowledged internationally as an exceptionally authoritative Verdian. Language: Sung in Italian with projected English titles Running Time: 3 hours, including 1 intermission Location: Lyric Opera House
An opera by Terence Blanchard. Libretto by Michael Cristofer. Lyric Opera of Chicago welcomes Champion, the first opera written by composer Terence Blanchard. Based on a true story and featuring a libretto by Michael Cristofer; the drama unfolds in what composer Terence Blanchard calls “an opera in jazz.” Welterweight boxer Emile Griffith is tortured by the complex realities of his life: decades-long guilt from defeating a challenger in the ring, who died from Griffith’s blows; and desperately conflicted feelings regarding his own sexuality. James Robinson’s production arrives in Chicago with a remarkable cast. Joining Lyric favorites Eric Owens, Whitney Morrison, and Paul Groves is Justin Austin, a brilliant new star who triumphed in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, with Music Director Enrique Mazzola leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Content advisory: Champion addresses adult themes and includes adult language. Language: Sung in English with projected English titles Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 1 intermission Location: Lyric Opera House
Rossini’s enchanting fairytale heroine returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage in classic style. Cinderella (La Cenerentola) tells the story of the downtrodden daughter of a selfish father, Don Magnifico. When Prince Ramiro (disguised as his own valet, Dandini) meets her, they fall instantly in love, leading — after a few complications — to a heartwarming happy ending. Rossini’s score provides endless sparkle, with Cenerentola’s and Ramiro’s arias abounding in fabulous vocal virtuosity. There’s also hilarity, thanks to the antics of Magnifico and Dandini. Two rising stars, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Jack Swanson, will be joined by the incomparable Alessandro Corbelli to lead Lyric’s cast in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s world-famous production led by the exciting Taiwanese conductor Yi-Chen Lin. Language: Sung in Italian with projected English titles Running Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission Location: Lyric Opera House
Leoš Janáček Janáček’s Jenůfa is a dark and stunning masterpiece, both musically and dramatically. In this profoundly moving story, the Kostelnička secretly drowns her foster-daughter Jenůfa’s illegitimate child, hoping to save Jenůfa — and herself — from shame and humiliation. When the murder is discovered, the Kostelnička accepts the consequences, but Jenůfa ends the opera with hope for the future. Performing Janáček’s magnificent score at Lyric Opera of Chicago will be an enthralling cast led by two of the finest dramatic sopranos of our time: opera’s newest superstar, Lise Davidsen, and the legendary Nina Stemme, Lyric’s sensational Elektra in 2019. Czech maestro Jakub Hrůša will bring unique authenticity to this unforgettable music, leading Claus Guth’s mesmerizing production. Language: Sung in Czech with projected English titles Running Time: 3 hours and 5 minutes, including 2 intermissions Location: Lyric Opera House Lyric's presentation of Janáček’s Jenůfa is generously made possible by Presenting Sponsors Julie & Roger Baskes with additional support from Production Sponsors David W. Carpenter and Orit K. Carpenter, in loving memory of David W. Carpenter, Richard O. Ryan, and Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O’Leary.
Gaetano Donizetti Lyric Opera of Chicago is delighted to bring this production of Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment — bel canto opera’s equivalent of vintage champagne — to the city for the first time. Marie, the lovable, irrepressible spirited heroine — a foundling, raised by soldiers — loves handsome Tonio. Things get complicated when the Marquise carts her off to refine her with a “proper” education. In one exhilarating number after another, Marie throws off coloratura flourishes like shooting stars, while her tenor sweetheart pops out nine high Cs in a single aria! Bel canto superstar Lawrence Brownlee and comedic veteran Alessandro Corbelli partner with the dazzling Lisette Oropesa in her eagerly awaited Lyric debut. The marvelously stylish Speranza Scappucci conducts Laurent Pelly’s quick-witted, uproarious production. Language: Sung in French with projected English titles Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 1 intermission Location: Lyric Opera House Lyric’s presentation of Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment is generously made possible by Invenergy, Sonia Florian, and Marion A. Cameron-Gray.
The Grinch, who lives on Mount Crumpit, has hatched his most devious plan yet. He’s going to steal Christmas. Join Erin, Riley, and Sam, as they’re taken to Whoville through the story read by their father. How The Grinch Stole Christmas.