"Don Giovanni" or "Capriccio"

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1920s-set “Don Giovanni” emphasizes the “anti” in “antihero”; comic “Capriccio” stars Renée Fleming as a countess torn between two lovers

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The Deal

  • 50% off any ticket to see Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Giovanni or Capriccio
  • Where: Civic Opera House
  • Seating: upper balcony
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart

Available Performances

  • $30 for Don Giovanni on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $59 value)
  • $17 for Capriccio on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $34 value)

Don Giovanni

A ladykiller like no other, Don Giovanni aims to add the women of Seville to his 2,000 conquests, starting with the inconveniently engaged Donna Anna. But when the rake is discovered sneaking into her bedroom, he ends up killing Donna Anna’s father, the Commendatore, in a duel. This murder sets off a series of escalating disasters, among them a scorned lover who arrives bent on revenge and a naïve peasant girl who catches the Don’s eye on the day of her wedding. When Don Giovanni seals his fate by inviting the statue above the murdered Commendatore’s grave to dinner—an invitation the statue accepts—the antihero’s lascivious ways may have greater repercussions than just a continent-spanning trail of broken hearts.

The piece that George Bernard Shaw called “the greatest opera ever written,” Don Giovanni played a central role not just in the history of the art form, but in the history of the Lyric Opera itself. As the opening production of the company’s debut season, it gave the seeds of Chicago’s biggest opera company enough nourishment to bloom. But this new staging is more than just a rehash of history. Director Robert Falls draws on the popular antiheroes of modern television in this reimagining, and updates the setting to the tumultuous 1920s. Besides being a time of upheaval, this post-war period inspired Falls because it was “a tremendously fun visual time, a time of both very glamorous men and glamorous women, and juxtaposing that modernity with the sort of ancientness of the visual world of this town just seemed very exciting.”

Capriccio

In his famed final opera, Strauss poses a deceptively simple question: which is more important—music or words? It’s a dilemma the Countess Madeleine faces as she struggles to choose between two suitors, the passionate poet Olivier and the equally passionate composer Flamand. The romantic ties are further tangled once the Countess’s brother, the actress he wishes to woo, and an ambitious theater director enter onto the scene.

Renowned soprano and singer of the national anthem at the 2014 pro-football title game, Renée Fleming takes on the role of the Countess, weaving the character’s conflicted emotions into each lyric and trill. The opera will be shown on four large HD screens at select performances, as well as on the stage, granting guests in the balcony unobstructed views and the ability to see the actors’ lines in their heads before they recite them.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Founded: 1954
  • Home: Civic Opera House, a masterpiece of art deco and art nouveau design opened in 1929
  • Mission: to engage audiences with classic operas, lesser-known gems, and new works
  • Famous performers: Pavarotti, Maria Callas, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and Renée Fleming have all graced the stage

Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Founded: 1954
  • Home: Civic Opera House, a masterpiece of art deco and art nouveau design opened in 1929
  • Mission: to engage audiences with classic operas, lesser-known gems, and new works
  • Famous performers: Pavarotti, Maria Callas, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and Renée Fleming have all graced the stage

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