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Giuseppe Verdi

Is it Scary to Sing for Muti?

Riccardo Muti rehearsing the Chicago Symphony Chorus, photo by Todd Rosenberg

For Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, which opens this weekend at Symphony Center, nearly three hundred people will come together under his baton; a chorus, an orchestra, and soloists who’ve collectively logged lifetimes in the practice room. One chorister admits, “When Muti comes out for that first rehearsal, it’s terrifying—but it’s amazing. He’s incredible.” For the wide-eyed alertness that his presence commands

Halloween Tips by Makeup Artist Chantelle Marie Johnson

Quinn Kelsey as Paolo in "Simon Boccanegra"

At Lyric Opera of Chicago, makeup artist Chantelle Marie Johnson doesn’t sashay with Frank Lopardo or Thomas Hampson; but her work does.  Transforming the world’s opera stars into fictional characters takes artistry, inventiveness and above all, a sense of humor. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Singing with Maestro Muti

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov is in Chicago to sing the rarely performed Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Chicago Symphony.  He sang the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestra several years ago and has frequented the world’s stages with Maestro Muti.  Here Abdrazakov talks about learning music with the Maestro. Ildar more…

What Makes a Great Opera Conductor?

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov will follow Riccardo Muti just about anywhere–geographically AND musically.  Here Abdrazakov shares some insight into the Maestro’s work ethic. Ildar on learning a role with Muti Ildar Abdrazakov will be singing with the CSO Thursday, June 14 – Tuesday, June 19