‘Opera Up Close’ series at GSU kicks off
September 16, 2013 1:40PM
Soprano Carla Janzen will perform highlights from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming season on Sept. 22 at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:02AM
Highlights from the Lyric Opera’s 2013-14 season will kick off the “Opera Up Close” Series at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts at 4 p.m. Sept. 22.
Sopranos Carla Janzen and Kimberly McCord, tenor Javier Bernardo, and baritone Michael Cavalieri will perform arias and ensembles from “La Traviata” and “Otello,” by Giuseppe Verdi; “Madama Butterfly,” by Giacomo Puccini; “La Clemenzo di Tito,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Die Fledermaus,” by Richard Strauss, and “The Barber of Seville,” by Gioachino Rossini.
Host and narrator John Concepcion will provide insight into each opera and its highlights.
The “Opera Up Close” series seats patrons onstage for a unique vantage point as artists perform some of the world’s most beautiful and passionate music.
“The Lyric Opera Preview” is the first performance in the “Opera Up Close” series. Future events include “Love and Marriage,” exploring the ups and downs of married life through famous operatic duets on Feb. 9. The final performance in the series will be “An Afternoon of One Acts” on March 30, featuring three complete operettas by Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber.
Refreshments, including Viennese-style desserts, are available during the show.
The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and two hours prior to performances at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park.
Tickets are $35 and can be bought online by visiting www.centertickets.net or by calling (708) 235-2222.
Various ticket packages are available at the Center for Performing Arts. Patrons can choose any three shows and receive a multibuy discount or choose any four or more shows and receive the megabuy discount.
Package holders receive ticket-exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more. Packages are for sale through the box office only.