Speaking of music marathons, I’ll be spending a fair portion of my weekend at the Harris Theater this weekend, enjoying not one but two productions by Chicago Opera Theater. Rescheduling from vacation landed me with back-to-back Mozart (La Clemenza di Tito) and Bizet (La Tragedie de Carmen). I’ve never seen the Mozart work before. Carmen I’ve seen a couple of times, but no matter, it’s sure to be great. COT productions are as much about the theatricality as they’re about the music. Their tagline isn’t “opera less ordinary” for nothing.

BTW, COT scored big for their 2010 season. When the renewal notice came in the mail a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to see that Frederica von Stade (one of my all time favorite performers) will be starring in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. Now that she’s no longer a regular on the opera circuit, it will be a real treat to see her next May.


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