A “Novel” Idea at Chicago’s Lyric Opera

A newly-commissioned opera based on Ann Patchetts’ novel Bel Canto will have its world premiere at Chicago’s Lyric Opera during the 2015-16 season.  Opera star Renee Fleming said she selected her friend Ann Patchett’s book as the subject for the Lyric commission because she was moved by it and found it “opera-worthy.” “It’s about terrorism, on one level, but it’s also about what happens when people are forced to live together for a long time, and how art can raise their level of humanity as a group.” Read the entire article in this Arts & Entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune.



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