Lyric Opera Spins Hoffmann’s Woes into Glorious Musical Drama

Poor Hoffmann is unlucky in love, but his woeful tales give the world magnificent music. Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its 57th season and the Civic Opera House rang out with “The Tales of Hoffmann,” packed with Jacques Offenbach’s familiar melodies, one more glorious than the next. The drunken protagonist is foiled by a succession […]

Lyric’s Magical “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is all mists, moonbeams and mischief, and Benjamin Britten’s opera of the same name, running at Lyric Opera of Chicago through Nov. 23, delivers them with twinkling merriment. From a chorus of singing sprites costumed like the dear little creatures from the “Close Encounters” spaceship to an Oberon who rides […]