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Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts: Tannhäuser

Johan Botha

Johan Botha

Monday, February 9 at 5:45 pm

Live from the Civic Opera House, tune in as WFMT presents a live broadcast of Wagner’s Tannhäuser presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago. Hear Johan Botha in the title role, Amber Wagner as Elisabeth, Michaela Schuster as Venus, Gerald Finley as Wolfram, and John Relyea as the Landgraf.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, who will be featured in the pilgrims’ music, the Entrance of the Guests, and other stirring choral scenes. This production comes from the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, and is new to Chicago. The opera will be sung in German, with projected English texts. Lyric Opera explains:

“Tannhäuser, minstrel and renegade, is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it’s all too much. He longs to return home, and does — to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all, to Elisabeth, the warm but chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he’s caused. Desperate for absolution, Tannhäuser joins his fellow pilgrims, journeying to Rome to ask forgiveness for his sins. But once you’ve been to the Venusberg, you can never truly leave.

“Savor the famous overture, the frenzied bacchanal with its sexy ballet, the sublime ‘Song to the Evening Star,’ the stirring ‘Pilgrims’ Chorus,’ and more, in a remarkable work that transfixes audiences with both its sensuality and its majestic power.”

WFMT’s Suzanne Nance and Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines host.

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