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Lyric Opera’s dark and unfocused “Rusalka” fails to touch the heart – Feb 26, 2014

The saw that one shouldn’t judge a performance by its opening minutes [...]

Ma and Ax team up for a memorable evening of Brahms – Feb 26, 2014

Rewarding as Thursday night’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra program was spotlighting Stravinsky rarities, [...]

Even with Duke Ellington’s music, Chicago Opera Theater’s “Queenie Pie” is barely skin deep – Feb 17, 2014

Chicago Opera Theater opened its 40th season with Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie, [...]

Borodin’s original “Prince Igor” shines, dark yet brilliant, at the Met – Feb 08, 2014

It has been nearly a century since Borodin’s Prince Igor was last heard at [...]

Muti extends CSO contract through 2020, and holds forth on several subjects – Feb 05, 2014

UPDATED Talk about burying the lede. More than halfway through Monday’s press [...]

Muti, Chicago Symphony to spotlight Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and French music in 2014-15 season – Feb 05, 2014

Riccardo Muti’s fifth season as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra [...]

Leonard’s radiant debut a highlight in Lyric Opera’s bright new “Barber” – Feb 03, 2014

With yet another major snowfall this past weekend in Chicago, a trip [...]

Even with Yo-Yo Ma, Muti and Chicago Symphony, premiere of double cello concerto proves a mixed melange – Feb 01, 2014

In their first performance of 2014 on home turf, Riccardo Muti and [...]

Fleming to star in “Capriccio” at Lyric Opera; “Tannhäuser,” “Anna Bolena” and “Porgy” also on tap in 2014-15 season – Feb 01, 2014

UPDATED. The Lyric Opera of Chicago will mark its 60th anniversary season [...]

Fleming returns to “Rusalka” with touching portrayal and vocal unease – Jan 25, 2014

Returning to a touchstone role is a tricky thing—a star singer can [...]