Chicago Opera Theater 2017-18 Review – The Consul: Menotti’s Opera Given Harrowing Production Featuring Patricia Racette

  The Chicago Opera Theater mounted a harrowing production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul” November 4, 2017, at the Studebaker Theater in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building.  A co-production with Long Beach Opera, “The Consul will continue its Chicago run November 10 and 12. “The Consul” had a Philadelphia premiere in 1950 (when the post-WWII cold war was chilling the international {…}

Q & A: Chicago Opera Theater Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya on Future Goals, Conducting and the Future of Opera

Lidiya Yankovskaya, the new Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is a musical unifier and explorer.  Her goals for the future at COT include presenting a variety of underrepresented repertoire, supporting and promoting the best of new operatic works being created in our current “golden age of American opera,” and bolstering COT’s current education and community engagement initiatives. Yankovskaya {…}

Patricia Racette & Stewart Copeland’s ‘The Invention of Morel’ Headline Long Beach Opera’s 2017-18 Season

The Long Beach Opera, the sister Company of the Chicago Opera Theater, has also released its season, coinciding with the 2017-18 unveiling of COT. The theme for the California-based company will open the season with Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul,” which will also open at COT. In the case of both companies, superstar Soprano Patricia Racette will headline the cast. {…}