Catherine O’Shaughnessy Takes Over as Interim Executive Director at Chicago Fringe Opera

Chicago Fringe Opera has announced that Catherine O’Shaughnessy is the company’s Interim Executive Director. She takes over for Laura Smalley, who stepped down at the end of June 2023. O’Shaughnessy joined the company as Creative Director and Conductor in Spring 2016, with a production of “In the Penal Colony.” O’Shaughnessy has also performed with such companies as the Chicago Opera {…}

Chicago Fringe Opera Announces First Half of Spring Season – ‘City of Works’

Chicago Fringe Opera (CFO) has announced the first half of its spring season, entitled “City of Works.” Crafted with pandemic safety protocols top-of-mind, “City of Works” takes audiences on a journey through Chicago as they travel from one landmark to another. Upon arrival at their destination, audiences unlock digital content using a QR code.  The approach allows individuals to share {…}

Decameron Opera Coalition to Host ‘DOC Happy Hour: Librettists in Conversation’

The Decameron Opera Coalition will present “DOC Happy Hour: Librettists in Conversation” on Nov. 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. EST. The project featured collaborations between Resonance Works (Pittsburgh); Lyric Opera of the North (Duluth); UrbanArias (Washington DC); Bare Opera (New York City); Opera in the Heights (Houston); Chicago Fringe Opera; Milwaukee Opera Theatre; Fargo-Moorhead Opera; An Opera Theatre (Minneapolis); and {…}

Luca Pisaroni Headlines Decameron Opera Coalition’s Operatic Reimagining of ‘The Decameron’

(Credit: Frances Marshall) In 1353, a few years after the Black Death raged in Florence, Giovanni Boccaccio finished “The Decameron,” 100 stories told by seven women and three men holed up in a countryside villa as they awaited the passing of the plague. It’s a classic of literature, many times bawdy, sometimes tragic, and extremely apropos considering our present-day pandemic. {…}