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Chicago Opera Theater Presents the Third Annual NATIONAL OPERA WEEK

The week will include presentations of “Pop-Up Opera” all around Chicago; an evening of One-Act Operas by composer Daron Aric Hagen; “Opera with a Twist” from COT’s young professional’s group Opera Underground;
and a city-wide Opera Scavenger Hunt



CHICAGO, IL (October 5, 2011) – National Opera Week will take place October 28 – November 6, 2011.  In its third year, this week-long celebration continues to honor the opera art-form by holding exciting activities and events throughout the United States. Chicago Opera Theater (COT) will host four events during the week, bringing back the popular “Pop-Up Operas,” short opera performances in iconic Chicago locations. In conjunction with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, COT will offer a free performance of Daron Aric Hagen’s “New York Stories,” featuring members of COT’s Young Artists Program. Directly following the recital is “Opera With a Twist,” a benefit presented by the Executive Council of Opera Underground, Chicago Opera Theater’s young professional’s social club. The last event is an Opera Scavenger Hunt taking place throughout Chicago that will have participants deciphering clues to bring them to the next opera-influenced site.



“National Opera Week gives us the opportunity to bring opera to all Chicagoans,” says Brian Dickie, General Director of COT. “We hope that all of our events during this week will make opera relevant and exciting in a real-world setting, and will change pre-conceived notions about opera being stuffy or boring.”



Coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, with support of the National Endowment for the Arts, “National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today, and brings the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a national audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through free, dynamic activities designed to engage novices, opera lovers and everyone in between.”



For more information on Chicago Opera Theater National Opera Week activities, please click here.





“Pop-Up Opera” Performances


When:   October 28 through November 6
Where:  All around Chicago!
Price:    FREE!



Chicago Opera Theater presents “Pop-Up Opera” around Chicago during National Opera Week – short performances of opera classics at iconic Chicago locations.



For hints on exact times and locations of “Pop-Up Opera” follow COT on Twitter @ChicagoOpera or find us at #popupopera.


Want to join in the fun?  Just tweet about “Pop-Up Opera” when you see it! Anyone who includes #popupopera in a tweet during National Opera Week will automatically be entered in a contest that includes COT tickets and gift cards to COT’s preferred restaurants!



Musical preparation for “Pop-Up Opera” is by Scott Gilmore, Chicago Opera Theater Director of Musical Studies.





Daron Aric Hagen’s


When:  Tuesday, November 1, 6pm
Where: Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington, Chicago
Price:    FREE! (no reservations necessary)



Join us for an evening of one-act operas by acclaimed composer Daron Aric Hagen –  Broken Pieces, Just for the Night, and Cradle Song – revealing three intimate stories of six New Yorkers.  This 70 minute evening is presented with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.


Musical preparation for “New York Stories” is by Scott Gilmore, Director of Musical Studies at COT, and directed by Joanie Schultz, who most recently directed the world premiere of Sarah Gubbins’ The Kid Thing, a co-production of the Chicago Dramatists and About Face Theatre.



Singing that evening are members of Chicago Opera Theater’s 2011-12 Young Artists Program:  Loren Battieste, Drew Ladd, Matthew Newlin, Louise Rogan, Catheryne Shuman, and Megan Rose Williams, accompanied by Sarah Cushman on the piano.


“New York Stories” is presented in collaboration with the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.




Opera Underground Executive Council Presents:


A Benefit For Chicago Opera Theater’s Young Artists Program


When:    Tuesday, November 1, 7:30-9:30pm
Where:   Sky Park on the 24th floor of the MDA Apartments (63 E Lake Street)
Price:      $20 includes Dessert, Light Nosh and Cocktails             ($25 at door)
Tickets:   312.704.8414 or


Chicago Opera Theater’s Opera Underground Executive Council invites young persons under 45 years old to a special post-performance reception after “New York Stories” to raise money for COT’s Young Artists Program.  Mingle with COT Young Artists over desserts, light appetizers and cocktails.


Chicago Opera Theater’s Opera Underground is a group of young people who get together for cocktails and opera throughout the year, as well as at the mainstage season at the Harris Theater in the spring.  Chicago Opera Theater is young, vibrant, edgy and contemporary—and so are our Opera Underground members!


Chicago Opera Theater Young Artists Program is a performance-based training program for young singers. The program provides an artistic benchmark for young artists as they commence their careers, recognizing performance experience in fresh stagings of both standard and new repertoire as an essential training element.


“Opera With a Twist” is sponsored by MDA City Chicago Apartments, Alan Marshall, 18 Vodka, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and Quartino.






When:    October 28 through November 6
Where:   All around Chicago!
Price:      FREE!


Complete Chicago Opera Theater’s Scavenger Hunt during National Opera Week.  Explore classical music and opera hot spots in Chicago and be entered to win tickets to COT.  All participants will receive a discount to the upcoming 2012 Season!   The contest starts October 28 using “Scavenger with Friends”, an iPhone and Android app.




For more information about National Opera Week events around the country, please visit Join the National Opera Week conversation on Twitter with #OperaWeek.






Founded in 1974, Chicago Opera Theater (COT) has carved a significant place for itself in the operatic life of Chicago and has reached an audience of hundreds of thousands through its mainstage performances, community engagement, education programs in Chicago Public Schools, as well as its renowned Young Artist Program.


Since Brian Dickie’s appointment as General Director in 1999, COT has evolved as an opera company that is young, fresh, and critically acclaimed.   The Chicago Tribune says “Chicago Opera Theater is on a roll.  The company’s splendid, adventuresome shows continue to prove that the spirit of operatic adventure is alive and well at the Harris Theater.”   The Chicago Reader calls COT “Chicago’s most interesting opera company.”


Chicago Opera Theater’s 2012 Season opens at the Harris Theater on April 14 and runs through September 23, 2012.  The Season includes Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki, Handel’s Teseo, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.


For tickets or more information go to or call 312.704.8414.

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