Refuge from Silence: COT, Refugee Orchestra Return to Live Stage

A collaborative performance with Chicago Opera Theater, the Refugee Orchestra Project, and conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya seeks to express the importance of refugee populations in American music and around the world.

Three Chicago Premieres in Chicago Opera Theater’s 2020-21 Season

Today, the Chicago Opera Theater took to Facebook and YouTube to announce its 2020-21 season, a slate of three productions that are all Chicago premieres. The season will open on November 21 with two performances of The Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov. Not only will the performances at Harris Theater for Music and Dance mark the Chicago premiere of …

“I Like to Take on Projects That Terrify Me” — Jake Heggie on Adapting ‘Moby-Dick’ into an Opera

Moby-Dick is a Great American Novel, no doubt. But that fact doesn’t make Herman Melville’s 600+ page opus any less intimidating. For readers who got stuck somewhere in the middle of the colossal work (we can’t blame you if you were discouraged by the lengthy section of whale taxonomies), you can still join Ahab, the Pequod, and of course, the …

Chicago Opera Theater announces 2019-20 season with a complete slate of Chicago premieres

This morning, music director Lidiya Yankovskaya and general director Ashley Magnus announced Chicago Opera Theater’s 2019-20 season. Opening on November 16, 2019, the upcoming 47th season boasts a complete slate of Chicago premieres, as well as the second world premiere commission in COT’s history. In the season announcement, Magnus, who was appointed as general director in January, said that “to ensure that …

“My dream is for Chicago to be at the forefront of new opera” — Meet Ashley Magnus, Chicago Opera Theater’s New General Director

A new leader has taken the reins at Chicago Opera Theater. On January 18, COT’s board of directors appointed Ashley Magnus as the new Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson General Director. With the trio of Magnus, music director Lidiya Yankovskaya, and board president Susan Irion, COT represents one of the first major opera companies led by women at the executive, …