More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled all live performances, opera returns to Chicago stages this summer with a new two-week festival. The inaugural season of the Opera Festival of Chicago will take place from July 24 to August 5, 2021 at performance venues across the city of Chicago and will feature fully staged productions of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s “Il segreto di Susanna” and Giacomo Puccini’s“ Il tabarro”, as well as Dante 700, a vocal recital celebrating the 700th anniversary of the death of the famous poet, writer, and philosopher.
Supported in part by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
The Opera Festival of Chicago presents world-class standard productions of Italian opera masterpieces in Chicago that rarely grace the stage in the United States. In doing so we aspire to: generate an inquisitive operatic appetite within Chicago audiences; make our work – and its cultural context – accessible to a wide audience; provide a stimulating and inspirational environment of Italian opera for artists and audiences alike; provide a vital opportunity for young artists entering the profession to uphold the high integrity and demands of Italian opera with artists and musicians who are established professionals; and to highlight and celebrate the immense talent that has originated from the Chicagoland area.
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