A Coffin in Egypt

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

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In a Nutshell

Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade stars as a Texas matron looking back on 90 years of loss in a work adapted from a Horton Foote play

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The Deal

  • One ticket to see Chicago Opera Theater’s A Coffin in Egypt
  • When: select dates at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Harris Theater
  • Door time: 7 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

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Saturday, April 25:

  • $19 for D-level seating (up to $49 value)
  • $25 for C-level seating (up to $69 value)
  • $29 for B-level seating (up to $84 value)

Wednesday, April 29, or Friday, May 1:

  • $15 for D-level seating (up to $39 value)
  • $20 for C-level seating (up to $59 value)
  • $25 for B-level seating (up to $74 value)

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A Coffin in Egypt

The Egypt of the title is a tiny town in Texas. It’s where nonagenarian Myrtle Bledsoe lives and where she’ll likely die, but she did know the real, big Egypt in her prime—along with Paris, Algiers, New York, and Rome. As she looks back over a long life in an opera adapted by Ricky Ian Gordon from Texas laureate Horton Foote’s play, we learn that she spent those glamorous days on the run from a husband who was a notorious philanderer, powerful enough to not only flaunt it but to murder those who stood in his way. The last surviving member of her family, Myrtle tries to steal glimmers of happiness from a sorrow-pecked life even as a gospel-singing Greek chorus throws her rosy memories into question.

Starring in—and pulled out of retirement for—a role written specifically for her, living legend Frederica von Stade commands the stage as Myrtle, imbuing her expressive mezzo-soprano with queenly majesty on tour across the U.S. Besides the gospel quartet, hers is the only singing part in this work, perhaps because she’d risk upstaging anyone else: as the Los Angeles Times has put it, “Of course, Von Stade can still sing. That middle and lower register were always her glory, and they still are.”

Chicago Opera Theater

For Chicago Opera Theater, opera also means OPERA—"outside the box, provocative, engaging, relevant, and adventurous" cultural experiences, as company director Andreas Mitisek has summed up his programming mission. Although the company's home is the beautifully designed Harris Theater for Music and Dance, tucked into Millennium Park, it might also look to swimming pools, parking garages, or warehouses depending on the needs of a given production.

Chicago Opera Theater has an expanded source of talent in a partnership with Long Beach Opera, and an expanded repertoire thanks to its taste for the offbeat. The company's seasons typically include a mix of rarely performed works by greats such as Mozart and thoroughly modern recent pieces.

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