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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts and entertainment stories as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Putting Together an Opera Season: Crafting an "Elusive Cocktail" of Exciting Programs & Fiscal Responsibility

Putting Together an Opera Season: Crafting an "Elusive Cocktail" of Exciting Programs & Fiscal Responsibility

WDCB's Gary Zidek sits down with Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud & music director Sir Andrew Davis.

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Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud, WDCB's Gary Zidek & Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis

Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud, WDCB's Gary Zidek & Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis

"It's a very complicated range of issues that have to be taken into account, have to be quantified, and have to be balanced in reaching a season that is both, artistically exciting and financially viable" - Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud.

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Lyric Opera's 2018/19 Season will kick-off with a new production of La Bohème

Image of new production of La Boheme, courtesy of Royal Opera House from Stefany Phillips

Image of new production of La Boheme, courtesy of Royal Opera House from Stefany Phillips

Lyric will continue Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, with a production of Siegfried, that will include a giant dragon on stage

A set design from Siegfried from Stefany Phillips

A set design from Siegfried from Stefany Phillips

Lyric will present a French-language version of Cinderella, Cendrillon, which will be conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Image from Cendrillon, courtesy of Bill Cooper Royal Opera House.

Image from Cendrillon, courtesy of Bill Cooper Royal Opera House.

A little something different from Cendrillion, Lyric will present Elektra in the winter of 2019.

Image of Elektra, courtesy of Robert Kusel

Image of Elektra, courtesy of Robert Kusel

Lyric Unlimited will present the Midwest premiere of An American Dream, by composer Jack Perla in March 2019.

Image from An American Dream, courtesy of Philip Newton Seattle Opera

Image from An American Dream, courtesy of Philip Newton Seattle Opera

Following the operas of the 2018/19 Season, Lyric will present a new co-production of West Side Story May 3 – June 2, 2019. Francesca Zambello will direct this Lyric premiere with original choreography by Jerome Robbins, (the conductor, choreographer, and cast will be announced later). 

Get more details about Lyric Opera's current and upcoming season here.

Theatre Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Theatre Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti Talks About His Contract Renewal & the Upcoming 2018/19 Season

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti Talks About His Contract Renewal & the Upcoming 2018/19 Season