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Moby-Dick
Opera
Runs Apr 25Apr 28, 2019

The grand American epic arrives in Chicago in an international co-production.

Based on Herman Melville’s magnum opus, the opera takes the sprawling novel and distills it to under three …

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Everest and Aleko
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 …

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Freedom Ride
New Work, Opera
Runs Feb 08Feb 16, 2020

COT’s second opera of the season, “Freedom Ride,” is also the company’s second ever world premiere commission. “Freedom Ride” is set in New Orleans during the summer of …

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Soldier Songs
Opera
Runs May 14May 17, 2020

Music and Libretto by David T. Little
Film by Bill Morrison
May 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2020
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Conducted by COT Staley Music …

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Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is a nationally recognized opera company based in Chicago. COT expands the tradition of opera as a living art form, with an emphasis on Chicago premieres, including new contemporary operas for a 21st century audience.

In addition to its programmed mainstage season, COT is devoted to the development and production of new opera in the United States through the Vanguard Initiative, launched in the Spring of 2018. The Vanguard Initiative mentors emerging opera composers, invests time and talent in new opera at various stages of the creative process and presents the Living Opera Series to showcase new and developing work.

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