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Chicago Opera Theater to Perform ‘Book of Mountains and Seas’


Chicago Opera Theater will continue its 50th Anniversary season with the Midwest Premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera “Book of Mountains and Seas.” The opera will be presented in partnership with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and produced by Beth Morrison Projects. The work will feature six puppeteers wielding beautiful, larger-than-life puppets designed by the opera’s Director, world-renowned puppeteer Basil {…}


Chicago Opera Theater to Present Chicago Premiere of ‘The Nose’


The Chicago Opera Theater will present the Chicago Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose” at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The opera will be performed on Dec. 8 and 10, 2023 in a brand-new production by director Francesca Zambello and will be conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya in her final performances conducting as COT’s Music Director before stepping down {…}


Chicago Opera Theater Music Director Steps Down


The Board of Directors of Chicago Opera Theater has announced that Lidiya Yankovskaya will step down from her position as Morse and Genius Music Director at the end of the company’s 2023-24 50th Anniversary season. Yankovskaya will continue to lead Chicago Opera Theater’s Vanguard Initiative, the immersive training and residency program for first-time opera composers which she created for the {…}


Chicago Opera Theater Announces Last-Minute Cast Change for ‘Soldier Songs’


The Chicago Opera Theater has announced a cast change for “Soldier Songs” one week before performances start. The company revealed that Nathan Gunn had to withdraw from the production due to a family emergency. In his stead, David Adam Moore will jump in. He sang the opera previously with a number of companies and appeared in commercial recording of the {…}


Nathan Gunn Leads ‘Soldier Songs’ at Chicago Opera Theater


The Chicago Opera Theater is set to open its 50th Anniversary season with David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs.” The haunting, heavy-metal infused theatrical cantata about the psychological impact of war is set to star baritone Nathan Gunn as The Soldier. Conducted by Chicago Opera Theater Elizabeth Morse and Genius Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, the opera will be performed on Oct. 5 at Epiphany {…}


Chicago Opera Theater Cancels ‘Platée’ Production


Chicago Opera Theater has announced the cancelation of its production of “Platée.” The opera was set to take place in Spring 2024, but due to financial challenges, the organization opted for the decision. As such, the 2024 portion of the season will feature “Books of Mountains and Seas” in January, “The Weight of Light” in April, and “Before it All {…}


Chicago Opera Theater to Present ‘Another Sunrise’ & ‘For a Look or a Touch’


Chicago Opera Theater is set to present “Another Sunrise” and “For a Look or a Touch.” The production will open on May 27 at the Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture. The productions are produced by Music of Remembrance, an organization dedicated to remembering the Holocaust through music. The double bill marks the Chicago Premiere of one-act operas both composed by {…}

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Chicago Opera Theater Announces New General Director


Chicago Opera Theater has announced that Lawrence Edelson will be its next General Director. The announcement culminates a three-month search. He will commence his duties on July 1, 2023, taking over for Interim General Director Meaghan Stainback Smallwood, who will collaborate with Edelson until September 1, 2023. She will then revert to her previous position as Chicago Opera Theater’s Director {…}


Megan Marino, Ryan McKinny, Aleksey Bodanov, Nathan Gunn Headline Chicago Opera Theater’s 2023-24 Season


The Chicago Opera Theater has announced its 50th anniversary season which will feature six productions. The company will kick things off with the Chicago premiere of David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs.” Nathan Gunn stars with Lidiya Yankovskaya conducting. Performance Date: Oct. 5, 2023 Next up is “The Nose,” also in its Chicago premiere. Yankovskaya conducts a production by Francesca Zambello {…}