Puerto Rican-American soprano Ana María Martínez is as natural on-stage at the Metropolitan Opera, as she is before a roomful of high school students. Currently singing the lead in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of La Bohème, Ms. Martinez uses her free time to rest and to catch up with old friends–in this case, more…
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Noel Morris
On Saturday night, Lyric Opera turned the spotlight back on itself, lampooning the rarified world of…well…opera. If you missed the show, here’s one skit in which Patrick Stewart plays a retiring store manager at Kinko’s.
Friday, October 26, 2012 by Noel Morris
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]
Friday, July 20, 2012 by Noel Morris
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 more…