Civic Opera House

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  • Classical and opera
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Civic Opera House

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.

Venue name: Civic Opera House
Address: 20 N Wacker Dr

Cross street: at Madison St
Transport: El stop: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Washington; Blue to Monroe. Bus: 20, 60, 157.

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  • Classical and opera Thursday October 15 2015 - Saturday October 24 2015
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  • Classical and opera Saturday November 14 2015 - Sunday December 13 2015
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  • Musical Friday June 17 2016 - Saturday June 18 2016
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