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  • La Boheme

    Until Jan 25, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - Cendrillon

    Until Jan 20, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - Elektra

    Feb 2 - 22, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - La Traviata

    Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - Ariodante

    Mar 2 - 17, 2019

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La Boheme

Until January 25, 2019

The romantic tragedy to end all romantic tragedies, La Boheme as been a staple of opera house viewing since it debuted in 1896. Puccini's enrapturing score enjoys a brand new revival in the form English director Richard Jones' revamped production, which made its world premiere in London in 2017. A co-production between the Royal Opera House and Teatro Real Madrid, its cast includes Italian soprano Maria Agresta in the role of Mimi and American tenor Micheal Fabiano as Rodolfo.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Cendrillon

Until January 20, 2019

Massenet's elegant operatic retelling of beloved fairytale Cinderella is imbued with the composer's trademark sense of wit. Sumptuously sentimental and heart-warming, the adaptation is an unapologetically, yet extremely satisfying sugar-coated confection that blends romance and humour for a light-hearted romp, banishing the dark corners of the original Grimm brother's story.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Elektra

February 2 - 22, 2019

One of the most challenging pieces in the opera repertory, Strauss' colossal masterpiece Elektra boasts an incomparable heroine who stands tall as the composer's imposing orchestral waves of revenge and tragedy storm about her. Don't miss the edge-of-your-seat thriller as it returns to shake the very foundations of the Civic Opera Hall as part of Lyric Opera of Chicago's brand new 2018/19 season.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - La Traviata

February 16 - March 22, 2019

At the age of 40, Italian Opera legend Verdi turned from the biblical dramas and ancient histories that inspired much of the grand opera tradition to write La Traviata, a tragic tale that dealt with moral and social dilemmas that were not openly acknowledged by polite society. While it may have caused controversy upon its debut, the opera is one of his most celebrated works, praised for its emotional depth and exquisite, bittersweet beauty.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Ariodante

March 2 - 17, 2019

Making its hotly anticipated Lyric Opera premiere as part of its brand new 2018/19 season, Handel's Ariodante is the perfect introduction to the Baroque composer's unique idiom within the art form. Bearing the hallmarks of his fusion of Italian traditions with German counterpoint, the opera is a swiftly-paced tragedy shot through with exquisitely mournful, deeply soulful arias and grief-stricken, elegant melodies as its characters mediate on the pain of love.

Civic Opera House

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20 North Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

  • Year opened: 1929
  • Capacity: 3563
  • Concession stands
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The Civic Opera House is a 3,563 seat venue, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. It was originally built for the Chicago Civic Opera, but today is the permanent home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Its excellent design allows for perfect sightlines from every seat and top-class acoustics. The Lyric Opera of Chicago bought the space it was renting and the venue underwent a major renovation in 1993, which was completed in 1996.

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