The Lyric Opera of Chicago Now Streaming Will Liverman’s ‘The Factotum’ Film

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Cory Weaver

The original film of the world-premiere production of “The Factotum” by Grammy award-winning baritone Will Liverman, DJ King Rico, and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj is now available for free streaming through Sept. 5 on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s YouTube channel.

The film version of “The Factotum,” which premiered in the spring of this year, features the full stage performance with the original cast. Liverman, Martin Luther Clark, Cecilia Violetta López, and Norman Garrett are among the cast.

The film also includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of the opera’s conception and never-before-seen cast and creative team interviews from Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash and Endangered Peace Productions.

“The Factotum” is set in a Black barbershop on Chicago’s South Side and is loosely inspired by Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” The piece blends diverse musical styles to create a “soul opera, moving from gospel and funk to rap, hip-hop, classic barbershop quartet, and R&B.” Chris Jones with the Chicago Tribune described “The Factotum” as “…an extraordinary event in Chicago’s cultural history, re-imagining the definition of opera.”