February 26, 2019

Carrying fragile instruments in and out of the orchestra pit is always challenging but librarian (and part time traffic cop) Wendy Skozcen’s sign at the pit door was a first!

There are more players in the pit for Elektra than for any other opera, 97 in all. This tops th...

February 22, 2019

A romantic story that has been passed down in my family is that my grandfather proposed to my grandmother during the 2nd intermission of Madama Butterfly.  This was Chicago in the early 1920’s, and the opera company at the time was named The Chicago Grand Opera Co...

February 20, 2019

Lewis Kirk (bassoon), Melissa Kirk (viola), Maestro Michael Christie, Kathleen Brauer (violin), Mark Brandfonbrener (cello), and Ryan Opera Center member Christopher Kenney (baritone). Mark Fisher (trombone), not pictured, was probably doing something 'trombone-y.'

The...

February 18, 2019

This is Chicago and we're fairly hardy people but when the polar vortex showed up January 30, we stayed home. At least for one day. The following evening we were back at work because it's show biz and a lot of people were coming to our final performance of La Bohème. A...

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