Civic Opera House
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Feb 3 2014
As soon as you lay eyes on the elegant architecture and opulent lobby at this hall, built by Samuel Insull in 1929, you’ll realize that subtlety isn’t the order of the day at the Civic Opera House. The prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago has made its home here since 1954, and now presents eight productions each season. It’s regularly ranked as one of the top opera companies in the country, boasting a talented stable of singers alongside an excellent orchestra under the musical direction of Sir Andrew Davis (formerly of the BBC Symphony Orchestra), and is also seen as one of the most traditional in terms of both repertoire and style of production. However, the last few years have seen the company stage a handful of more unexpected operas—John Adams’s brand-new Doctor Atomic, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess—with astounding success.
Civic Opera House 20 N Wacker Dr
What's on at Civic Opera House
- Critics' pick
Considered one of the great sopranos, Renée Flemming takes the role as the Countess in Strauss's Capriccio. Anne Sofie Von Otter, no slouch herself, will also be onstage as Clarion in this star-studded second show of the 2014-15 Lyric Opera season. They...
Mariusz Kwiecien takes the lead role in Mozart's opera of the seductive and arrogant Count Giovanni. This new Lyric Opera production kicks off the crew's 2014-15 season.
The Lyric Opera takes serves up the Washington National Opera's interpretation of George Gershwin's American classic Porgy and Bess. Grammy-winning star Eric Owens takes the role of the lame beggar Porgy in this story of redemption in the impoverished...