A "Novel" Idea at Chicago's Lyric Opera

February 28, 2012

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.


Maurice Sendak Writing New Book

March 25, 2011

The latest creation of Maurice Sendak, renowned children’s author and illustrator, will be released in September. HarperCollins said that “Bumble-Ardy,” a fun-loving pig, will see an initial printing of 500,000.  Not child’s play!

PS- If you remember, he worked on a Chicago Lyric Opera a few years back (2003). Here’s a link to Brundibar (2009). Shira S.

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