music (opera), current calendar
Here's a chance to attend the Chicago premier of the highly regarded Pulitzer prize winning opera, Vanessa by Samuel Barber, the American composer.
The fully staged production will be mounted by Chamber Opera Chicago, the only real opera presented by the group this year. Francis Menotti, the son of the director of the original 1958 Metropolitan Opera production, Gian Carlo Menotti will direct. Francis was at his father's side during the Met and Spoleto (SC) presentations, so the original will no doubt be much in evidence. (photo at left, courtesy Chamber Opera Chicago.)
The story takes place in an unnamed northern country about 1905 and concerns the complexities of love between two generations of lovers within two families.
Pre performance lectures by Richard Covello, Opera Canada critic will precede each opera. They begin 1/2 hour prior to curtain time and are free.
Performances are Saturday, Oct. 11 and Friday Oct. 17, both at 7:30PM and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3PM at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets range from $15-$45. For tickets and additional information access www.chamberoperachicago.org for ticketmaster or to buy tickets direct, call 312.951.7944, the box office of the theater.