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Weekly Video: National Opera Week & Flash Performances

Fri, 11/5/2010 - 12:16pm — Chicago Classic...
Nov 5, 2010

As we approach the end of this year's National Opera Week we wanted to share this video of the Opera Company of Philadelphia's kick off to National Opera Week at Macy’s in Philly. These kind of "flash" opera performances have been happening all over the world! Have you seen any of Chicago Opera Theater's Pop-Up Opera performances in Chicago during National Opera Week?

In celebration of of National Opera Week please post your favorite "flash" opera performance videos!

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Final report - warning - quite long!

Nov 9, 2009

From November 2, 2009, Brian Dickie, Life As General Director of Chicago Opera Theater.
This was the sixth Neue Stimmen that I have been involved with.  I started out in 1999.  And it was by far the closest contest.  On each previous occasion the first three places were really clear with the remainder some way behind and quite easily separated.
We the jury came out at the intermission of the Finals Concert on Saturday evening unanimous that this was too close to call - and could we not just have 6 first prize winners?!  Well that would have been a cop out of course!  But I think it illustrated the situation that we found ourselves in very clearly.

Bass-Baritone Alan Held on singing the role of St. Francis

Jun 22, 2009

Bass-baritone Alan Held will be performing the role of St. Francis on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27 as the Franciscans celebrate the milestone of the 800th anniversary of the founding of their order at a concert titled, “A Celebration of Hope and Peace.”


Nov 26, 2008

I was honored to be invited by one of Hungary's premiere actors and filmmakers, Robert Koltai, to attend a special invited performance of the musical “Sose halunk meg” which translates to " We Never Die".

The musical, which plays in the repertory of Jozsef Attila Szinhaz (Attila Jozsef Theatre) is based on Robert Koltai's 1994 hit film of the same name. Here is a link to the review of the movie:

Vienna, Budapest and Yekatrinburg, Russia

Oct 29, 2008

This past summer I was invited to be an International Judge at the Second Vladimir Kurochkin International Competition of Young Artists of Operetta and Musicals in Yetatrinburg, Russia. The contest took place from September 25th to October 1, 2008.

When I learned that I could fly direct from Vienna to Yekatrinburg, I decided to finally visit Vienna. I have been involved with Light Opera Works for almost 30 years and had never been to Vienna. It was time.

In Vienna I was able to stay with my friend Suzanne Kerry and her family. She is an American who has made her living as an actress and singer in Vienna for many years. Through her contacts she was able to get me tickets to The Merry Widow at the Volksoper and to “Rebecca”, a new musical by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay that is literally “burning up” Vienna. (You may remember the Hitchcock film based on the same novel.)

After seeing The Merry Widow performed at the most famous venue for operetta in the world, I believe that Light Opera Works can hold its head high and take great pride in the quality of our work here in Chicago. It is true that the musicians and vocalists at the Volkoper have a special affinity for the works of the composers that brought Vienna such renown in the 19th and early 20th century. But in many aspects of the production of operetta, including: scenery, costumes, staging, choreography, and the work of our singing actors and orchestra, I can honestly say that Chicago artists are as good as, if not better than their Viennese counterparts.

We cannot match a state supported operation like the Volksoper in terms of facilities, rehearsal space, number of performances etc. But in terms of what the audience sees on the stage when they attend a performance, Chicago can hold its head high.