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The Second City Guide to the Opera

Anthony Freud and Kelly Leonard

This week, Lyric Opera of Chicago unveiled a new partnership with legendary comedy troupe The Second City.  According to General Director Anthony Freud, it all began with a Chicago-style date night.  Freud recalled Creative Director Renee Fleming and her husband going to Second City for an opera-free evening, only to find her own voice playing over the sound system.  As Freud tells it: instead of calling her lawyer, Ms. Fleming seized upon that inspiration and forged a partnership.  Freud announced the collaboration along with Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President of The Second City.  Needless to say, they opened Wednesday’s event with a little humor: Hansel and Gretel at the therapist’s office.

Here’s a little taste:

Lyric and The Second City

Kelly Leonard spoke with WFMT’s Noel Morris about the partnership.

Lyric Opera’s partnership with The Second City is part of a broader initiative, Lyric Unlimited, designed to bring opera to new audiences. Lyric Unlimited will stage two performances this season: “Popcorn and Pasquale” on December 2 and “The Second City Guide to the Opera” on January 5th.

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  • Kathleen Stevens

    Love it & hope to see it. Anna Russell, for one, would approve.