Magazine article Opera Canada

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Magazine article Opera Canada

Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Title-role ladies dominated Lyric Opera of Chicago's opening works of 2005-6 (Denyce Graves's still effective Carmen opposite an off-form Neil Shicoff; Vesselina Kasarova's scintillating Cenerentola with an equally brilliant Juan Diego Florez; Karita Mattila's glowing Manon Lescaut opposite a powerful, but unnuanced, Vladimir Galouzine).

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By contrast, Michael Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage was truly an ensemble effort. Receiving a Chicago premiere in time for the work's 50th anniversary, as well as the centennial of the composer's birth, no better case could be made for it. The orchestra of Andrew Davis and chorus of Donald Palumbo sounded wonderful. The scenic effects and costumes of Alison Chitty were lovely. The staging, credited to Peter Hall and choreographer Wayne McGregor, were--well, here we come up against the nature of the work itself.

Said to be inspired by both Shakespeare and Carl Jung, with reminiscences of Mozart's Die Zauberflote and Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten, Tippett's opera is more like an oratorio. …

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