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Everest and Aleko
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Opera
Runs Nov 16Nov 17, 2019

“Everest” is a 2015 work based on the same expedition that inspired Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book “Into Thin Air.” It tells the harrowing story of a 1996 three-man Mount Everest expedition in which the climbers were trapped by a sudden storm. Commissioned by The Dallas Opera, “Everest” was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a “70-minute juggernaut [that] makes you feel disturbingly in the moment, living—and dying—along with the characters,” and “breathtakingly powerful…one of the most compelling and relevant operas in a generation” (Dallas Voice.)

In “Aleko,” a man abandons Russian society to join a free-spirited camp of Romani travelers, where he falls for Zemfira, a fiercely independent woman with a young lover of her own. Adapted from the poem “The Gypsies” by Alexander Pushkin, the production is the second opera in Russian presented by COT following the 2018 staging of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta.” The opera, Rachmaninov’s first, written when he was 19, was first performed at Bolshoi Theatre in 1893, and will feature partnerships with A&A Ballet and Apollo Chorus. The double-bill will feature, Andrew Bidlack, Aleksey Bogdanov, and Michelle Johnson, and will be performed at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance November 16 and 17, 2019.

“Everest”
Music by Joby Talbot and Libretto by Gene Scheer
and
“Aleko”
Music by Sergei Rachmaninov and Libretto by Vladimir Nemirovech Danchenko
November 16 & 17, 2019
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Conducted by COT Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya
Directed by Dylan Evans
Partners: A&A Ballet and Apollo Chorus

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