The Opera Festival of Chicago returns with a season of celebration in its fourth season, June 21 to July 14, 2024 at venues across the greater Chicagoland area.

Puccini Forever

Featuring arias and scenes from all of Puccini's operas with Special Guest Star Jonathan Tetelman.

Starring: Eric Dubin, Reuben Lillie, Laura McCauley, Maria Natale, Franco Pomponi, Anthony Reed, Jessica Sandidge, Viktoria Vizen, Benjamin Werley, Matthew White

With OFC Emerging Artists, Vera Bowser, Aurelien Mangwa, Lauryn Nelson, Jonathan Wilson and the OFC Young Artists

7:30PM, Friday, June 21, 2024
Jarvis Opera Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center at DePaul University School of Music
800 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini

Premiered in 1893, "Manon Lescaut" is Giacomo Puccini's hit opera based on Abbé Prévost's novel. The tragic tale revolves around Manon's struggle between love and luxury.

Cast: Maria Natale | Jessica Sandidge | Eric Dubin | Matthew White | Benjamin Werley | Anthony Reed | Reuben Lillie

7:30PM, Thursday, June 27, 2024
Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson St
Evanston, IL 60201
7:30PM, Saturday, June 29, 2024
Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson St
Evanston, IL 60201
2:00PM, Sunday, June 30, 2024
Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson St
Evanston, IL 60201
Il Prigioniero & The Medium

Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, Dallapiccola's opera unfolds a dark and intense narrative. The protagonist, a prisoner, becomes entangled in a web of religious and political intrigue.

(This show is a double-bill performance including both Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero" & Menotti's "The Medium")

Il Prigioniero Cast: Franco Pomponi | Viktoria Vizin | David Cangelosi | Jonathan Wilson | Alex Iacobucci

The Medium Cast: Laura McCauley | Alex Iacobucci | Viktoria Vizin | Gisella Milla | Jonathan Wilson | Lauryn Nelson

7:30PM, Thursday, July 11, 2024
Athenaeum Theater
2936 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
2:00PM, Sunday, July 14, 2024
Athenaeum Theater
2936 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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