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n German with projected English titles
It's exactly what you want a Strauss opera to be — deliciously extravagant!
Can the elegantly alluring Marschallin find lasting happiness with her lover Octavian, who's half her age? Does the hot-blooded Baron really think his exalted position guarantees that young Sophie will be his wife? All bets are off when Sophie receives an engagement rose from the Baron — delivered by the devastatingly handsome Octavian. Love, sex, fidelity, and aging are delicately explored in a masterwork that artfully blends laugh-out-loud humor with insightful poignancy.
Chicago Opera Theater (COT) continues its 2015/16 season with a double bill featuring Francis Poulenc's emotional and passionate La Voix Humaine and Giacomo Puccini's delightful Gianni Schicchi.
The evening of one act operas begins with Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, starring acclaimed soprano, Patricia Racette, as Elle in her COT debut. Racette is one of the most renowned and popular sopranos working in opera today, and has been featured on the stages of the greatest opera houses of the world. The second half of the double bill features Giacomo Puccini's 1918 one act comedy, Gianni Schicchi, considered to be one of the wittiest operas of all time, described by The New York Times as "uproariously funny…so full of life, humor, and ingenious devices."
In French with projected English titles
He's a Montague and she's a Capulet — families who have hated each other for centuries. Yet when Romeo meets Juliet, they fall instantly and rapturously in love. Secretly, they marry — but Shakespeare's famed young couple is ultimately doomed. Everything that could have been is lost as they die tragically in each other's arms.
The world's most celebrated love story finds new dimension in Gounod's deeply romantic music. This is passion personified, from tender intimacy to ecstatic grandeur, including five iconic love duets and soaring music for the chorus and orchestra. With her "exquisite" voice of "purity and bloom" (The New York Times) Susanna Phillips will be a Juliet to remember, while Joseph Calleja and Eric Cutler embody all the elegance and golden ardor that Romeo demands.