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 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 [...]

Racette’s riveting portrayal lifts Lyric Opera’s second-cast “Butterfly” – Jan 13, 2014

The Lyric Opera of Chicago launched its new production of Puccini’s Madama [...]

Taymor’s “Flute” works its seasonal magic at the Met – Dec 18, 2013

For critics and concertgoers alike, mid-December can be one of the bleakest [...]

Lyric Opera’s delightful “Fledermaus” banishes the winter chill – Dec 12, 2013

The Lyric Opera season to date has been characterized by uneven casting [...]

A fine ensemble cast boosts the Met’s delightful Fifties’ “Falstaff” – Dec 08, 2013

It took a village—five countries, really—to give birth to the new production [...]

New cast strikes sparks in Met’s ground-breaking Sin City “Rigoletto” – Nov 13, 2013

Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, has been clear about [...]

Lyric Opera’s “Parsifal” offers vexing, variably sung Wagner – Nov 11, 2013

One of these decades the Lyric Opera of Chicago is going to [...]

Christine Goerke moves heaven and earth in Met’s “Die Frau ohne Schatten” – Nov 09, 2013

Of all the Strauss-Hofmannsthal collaborations, Die Frau ohne Schatten has to be [...]