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Archive for October 4, 2013

Sumptuous and Sexy: Lyric Opens with “Otello”

Ana Maria Martinez as Desdemona, photo by Dan Rest

Verdi’s 200th birthday is upon us; and Lyric Opera of Chicago pays homage with one of the reigning Verdi tenors, Johan Botha, singing the title role of Otello. Ana María MartÍnez is the unlucky Desdemona, whose demise is collateral damage to the machinations of Falk Struckmann’s Iago. This is a powerful trio; one that will no doubt sharpen the sting of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Web Exclusive Video: Bella Voce Sings Arvo Part

Estonian composer Arvo Part

In 1980, Arvo Pärt packed up his wife and children, leaving his native Estonia for a new life in the west. For a Soviet citizen, an encounter with border patrol was no laughing matter, but when the family was stopped for a luggage check, the guards asked to listen (the composer had with him cases of music and recordings)

Cello Virtuoso: There’s No Place Like Home

Cellist Wendy Warner

At fourteen, she was featured in a WTTW broadcast as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You might see her in Paris doing the Brahms Double with Anne-Sophie Mutter, or touring Japan, but this Chicagoan still makes time for free lunch-time concerts