Combine a searing love triangle, an odious count, a long lost child, some gypsies, a civil war, a haunting, and a witch burned at the stake, and you’ve got Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il trovatore,” an opera stuffed with devices to delight theater-goers and ruin the opera’s protagonists. “Il trovatore” is designed to feel like the fastest two hours and forty-five minutes in theater, with sword fights, shocking cruelty, and tender
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Noel Morris
Giuseppe Verdi writes so eloquently about being human, one can wallow in Lyric Opera’s La traviata, and go home feeling completely satisfied. It’s a great “first opera” for your friends. It’s also one of those tales that nags at your subconscious, and keeps you googling
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.