'A Coffin in Egypt' received its Chicago premiere Saturday night at the Harris Theater, with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in the starring role. The new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon is enlivened by von Stade’s emotionally moving portrayal of a woman struggling to deal with her wealthy husband’s infidelity.
Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera 'A Coffin in Egypt,' written for legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, is coming to the Harris Theater in Chicago on April 25, 29 and May 1 and 3. Von Stade will reprise her tour-de-force portrayal of Myrtle Bledsoe, grande dame of Egypt, Texas, in this Chicago Opera Theater production.
UPDATE: The Harris Theater reopened on Friday after an electrical and mechanical fire caused the busy performing arts venue to shut down for more than two weeks. The theater’s director, Michael Tiknis, said that all necessary repairs and inspections have been completed, and the theater is once more fully operational.
Chicago's Harris Theater will remain closed through Thursday, March 6 after an electrical fire on Wednesday afternoon damaged operational and mechanical equipment in the busy performing arts venue. The theater is working to reschedule a number of events.
It wasn't enough for Duke Ellington to contribute some 3,000 songs to the Great American Fakebook. No, towards the end of his life, he began composing a jazz opera: Queenie Pie.
Chicago Opera Theater will stage the Chicago premiere of Duke Ellington's only opera, 'Queenie Pie,' on February 15 - March 5. The company will also present a double-bill of Carl Orff's 'The Clever One' and Viktor Ullmann's 'The Emperor of Atlantis,' on May 31-June 8.
Due to overwhelming demand, Chicago Opera Theater's production of 'Orpheus and Euridice' by Ricky Ian Gordon returns for three encore performances, held this time at the Welles Park Pool in Chicago's Lincoln Square.
Chicago Opera Theater's production of Ricky Ian Gordon's clarinet-playing, AIDS-updated Orpheus takes place in and around the public pool at Eckhart Park.