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Encyclopedia > Lyric Opera of Chicago
Exterior of the Civic Opera House
Exterior of the Civic Opera House

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. It was founded in Chicago in 1954. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (768x1024, 426 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Lyric Opera of Chicago Chicago Civic Opera House Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (768x1024, 426 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Lyric Opera of Chicago Chicago Civic Opera House Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the... This article is about Illinois largest city. ...


The company's permanent home is the Civic Opera House, a 1929 structure with an Art Deco interior. Its 3,563-seat capacity makes it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. ... Asheville City Hall. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


William Mason is the current General Director of Lyric Opera, a position he has held since November 1997. Mason has been with the company for over 40 years. Sir Andrew Davis is Lyric's music director and principal conductor, a post he has occupied since in September 2000. He led three complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen in the 2004-2005 season to mark the company's 50th anniversary. Danny Newman was the company's long-time press agent from 1954 until his retirement in the 2001/02 season; Newman is largely credited as the founder of subscription-based arts marketing, the standard economic model for not-for-profit arts organizations in the United States.[1] Andrew Frank Davis (born February 2, 1944) is a British conductor. ... Valkyrie Warrior Maiden by artist Arthur Rackham (1912) Der Ring des Nibelungen, commonly translated into English as The Ring of the Nibelung or The Nibelungs Ring, is a series of four epic music dramas based loosely on figures and elements of Germanic paganism, particularly from the Icelanders sagas and... Danny Newman was the long-time press agent for the Lyric Opera of Chicago from its founding in 1954 until his retirement in 2002. ...


In addition to the standard operatic repertoire, Lyric also presents contemporary works. Recent productions have included Harbison's The Great Gatsby (2000-01), Weill's Street Scene (2001-02), and Floyd's Susannah and Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (2002-03). This page lists famous operas arranged by composer. ... John Harris Harbison (born December 20, 1938 in Orange, New Jersey) is a composer, best known for his operas and large choral works. ... The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald. ... An album of Weills music by operatic soprano Teresa Stratas… …and one by industrial music band The Young Gods. ... Street Scene is a Broadway musical or, more precisely, an American Opera by Kurt Weill (music), Langston Hughes (lyrics), and Elmer Rice (book), based on Rices play of the same name. ... Carlisle Floyd (born 1926 in Latta, South Carolina) is an American opera composer. ... Suannah an opera by American opera composer Carlisle Floyd (b. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical (also considered by many to be an English language opera due to the form and the construct of the show) with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. ...


Composer William Bolcom wrote his most recent opera for Lyric, A Wedding, based on the 1978 film of the same name directed by Robert Altman. It premiered during Lyric's 50th-anniversary season. William Elden Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer of chamber, operatic, and symphonic music. ... A Wedding is an opera composed by William Bolcom to a libretto by Robert Altman and Arnold Weinstein. ... Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. ...


It is said that the opera house was designed to resemble a chair. Chicago utilities magnate Samuel Insull (1859-1938) had the building designed this way, and positioned with its back towards New York City because his daughter, an aspiring opera singer, was not hired by the esteemed Metropolitan Opera.[citation needed] Samuel Insull (November 11, 1859 - July 16, 1938) was an investor in Chicago who was known for purchasing utilities and railroads. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ...


References

  1. ^ Bruce Weber, "Arts in America; The Unsung Hero of Nonprofit Theater Is Still Selling", New York Times, 23 December 1997.

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