In an Extended Residency, Muti Resurrects Rare Prokofiev and Gives a World Premiere by the Other Adams

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Prokofiev, S. Adams, Schumann: Soloists, Chicago Symphony Chorus/Duain Wolfe (director), Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee (artistic director), Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. 16-17-25.2; 21.3.2017. (DP)

2/23/17 9:22:26 PM  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Riccardo Muti Conductor Gérard Depardieu Ivan Yasen Peyankov narrator Michael Brown The Holy Fool Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano Mikhail Petrenko bass Chicago Symphony Chorus  Duain Wolfe chorus director Chicago Children's Choir Josephine Lee artistic director Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017
Gérard Depardieu in Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible
with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (c) Todd Rosenberg

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Muti and Friends Combat Crime with Culture

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Burleigh, Bach, Pryor, Shanahan, Glenworth, Beethoven: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Eric Owens (bass-baritone), Riccardo Muti (piano), Jennifer Gunn (piccolo), Gene Pokorny (tuba), Cynthia Yeh (percussion). Illinois Youth Center, Chicago, IL. 25.9.2016. Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Apostolic Church of God, Chicago, IL. 13.10.2016. (DP)

Riccardo Muti and Eric Owens at the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)
Riccardo Muti and Eric Owens at the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

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Domingo’s Star Quality Compensates for a Fading Voice

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Giordano, Dvořák, Lehár, Kálmán, Rogers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, de Falla, Torroba, Lecuona: Plácido Domingo (baritone, tenor), Ana María Martínez (soprano), Lyric Opera Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Civic Opera House, Chicago, 9.1.16 (DP)

Plácido Domingo (baritone, tenor) and Ana María Martínez (soprano). Photo: Michael Brosilow.
Plácido Domingo (baritone, tenor) and Ana María Martínez (soprano). Photo: Michael Brosilow.

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Wozzeck Returns to Chicago’s Lyric Opera in a Memorable New Production

United StatesUnited States Berg, Wozzeck: Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra & Chorus, Chicago Children’s Choir. Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Michael Black (chorus master), Josephine Lee (children’s chorus master). Civic Opera House,  Chicago,  Illinois, 4.11.2015. (DP)

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Zachary Uzarraga, Tomasz Konieczny and Angela Denoke in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Wozzeck
Photo: Cory Weaver

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Opera or Musical? The Eclectic Sound World of Ricky Ian Gordon

Opera or Musical? The Eclectic Sound World of Ricky Ian Gordon Composer Ricky Ian Gordon has written instrumental music over the years, but “there’s no getting around it,” he admits, “I’m most excited by the voice. My mother was a singer, I was her accompanist and a lot of what making music is about to … Read more