Music Reviews

I left my heart in the Tower of London: “The Yeoman of the Guard” at Mandel Hall

I left my heart in the Tower of London: “The Yeoman of the Guard” at Mandel Hall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What:  “The Yeoman of the Guard” Where: Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. When: Through Sun., Mar. 15 Phone: 773-702-2787 Web: ticketsweb.uchicago.edu Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeoman of the Guard,” reckoned by both its creators as their best collaboration, opened last night at Mandel Hall and continues with two(…)

“The Passenger” takes you on a remarkable journey

“The Passenger” takes you on a remarkable journey

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “The Passenger” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: through Mar. 15 Phone: 312-332-2244 Composer Miecyslaw Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger” has made its Midwest premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago in a production which gives this long-ignored work its proper due. The opera is based on the(…)

Second cast is first rate in Lyric’s Tosca

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through March 14 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Revolutionary intrigue and artistic temperament combine for tragedy in Puccini’s “Tosca,” now at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The second cast in the production directed by John Caird is led by Hue He (in the title role)(…)

“The Property,” though flawed, worth seeing

Where: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie When: through March 5 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As part of its effort to reach new audiences, Lyric Opera of Chicago — through its Lyric Unlimited initiative — presented the world premiere of a new, short klezmer opera at the Logan Center,(…)

Not your usual ghost story

Not your usual ghost story

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Emile Zola strove in his writings to offer a bleeding slice of life. He surely succeeded in “ThérèseRaquin,” a story of lust and murder that one contemporary French critic decried as “putrid” and a “quagmire of slime and blood.” American composer Tobias Picker created an English language opera of(…)

Stunning voices in uneven “Tannhäuser”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through March 6 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” pits profane and sacred love against each other in battle for the title character’s soul. Lyric Opera of Chicago now offers the opera in a production new to Chicago, the first time it has(…)

A swift substitute saves the evening for University of Chicago Presents

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic One of the biggest problems a music presenter faces is what to do when an artist cancels at short notice. Amy Iwano, executive director of University of Chicago Presents, had just this problem when she learned only days before last Friday’s scheduled performance that violinist Isabelle Faust was ill(…)

Baroque Band gets beastly

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band started off the new year with three performances of a program entitled “Beastie Boyz” which highlighted works that had a few things to say about our relatives in the Animal Kingdom. Having missed the band’s Hyde Park performance, I caught them on a recent Wednesday night in(…)