The Lyric Opera’s Civic Opera House is a Chicago Historic Landmark building. It is without question one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The building is majestic and exudes style and confidence.
The Civic Opera House is located at 20 N. Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago.
The Civic Opera House Theater has three balconies and has seating for 3,563 guests. It is a large but yet intimate venue. Every seat has a perfect view of the stage. It was built in 1929. The theater went through a complete restoration in 1996.
The Lyric Opera plays an important role in our society by developing, championing, and performing world-class opera. It is a key component of the cultural fabric of Chicago.
I was privileged to be invited to attend the Red-Carpet / Black-Tie opening night event on Saturday September 26th for the opera: The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Let me start by saying that you have to be at the theater on time. The opera starts promptly and the doors to the theater are closed at curtain time. If you are late, you will not be allowed in to your seats until the first break. Video screens can be found in the lobby as you await that first break. Equally important, guests that leave their seats during the performance will not be allowed into the theater until the next break.
The Marriage of Figaro performance ran for approximately 3:30 minutes with one intermission. It started promptly at 5:00pm and ended at around 8:30pm.
The opera was magnificent! The talent on stage was exceptional! The costumes and set were equally impressive. The performance on stage was in Italian with English sub-titles projected on to a screen above the stage. The performance was so compelling that I found myself caring for the characters.
The Marriage of Figaro is a comedy filled drama, deceit, and entrapment. The performance was simply brilliant!
In addition to the Marriage of Figaro, the Lyric Opera will be presenting the following performances this season:
- Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini in Italian with English subtitles
- Wozzeck by Alban Berg in German with English subtitles
- The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar in English
- Bel Canto by Jimmy Lopez and Nilo Cruz in multiple languages with English subtitles
- Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi in Italian with English subtitles
- Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss in German with English subtitles
- Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod in French with English subtitles
- The King and I by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
You can find the dates and times on their website at: www.lyricopera.org
They offer a number of seating options and pricing. Pricing is a function of seating location and day of the week. They offer several package options as well. Click on the tab “Season & Tickets” on their website for more information and availability.
Most people that I have met that have never been to an opera have a misconception of an opera. I firmly believe that the majority of these people would become strong advocates of opera if they attended just one.
With their talent and drive, I am confident the Lyric Opera will continue to thrive and grow. I will be attending several more performances this season. I can’t wait!
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