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Author Archives: Arielle Basile

Arielle Basile began working for Fra Noi in 2004, stuffing envelopes and assembling luminaria for Casa Italia’s Festa di Natale. Over the years, she has served as columnist, office manager, proofreader and assistant editor for the magazine. A classically trained opera singer, Arielle received degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Boston University, performing professionally with the Chicago Grant Park Chorus, Knoxville Opera, Madison Opera Chorus, and Opera for the Young. A dedicated and passionate supporter of the arts and artists, Arielle's previous work as an arts administrator include the Knoxville Opera Company in Tennessee and the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She is currently Operations Manager for Ravinia's Steans Music Institute in Highland Park, Ravinia Festival's summer conservatory for young professional musicians.

Lyric offers reason for hope

With the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2019-20 season cut short by a pandemic that has brought normal life to a standstill, any ray of hope is both welcome and needed. The company has offered exactly that, mapping out a 2020-21 lineup full of Italian classics, talent and hidden treasures. Kicking things off in mid-September is a spectacular double bill of one-act operas: Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” A powerhouse pairing of searing dramas, the production will be conducted by Carlo Rizzi and will feature the Lyric debut of baritone Ambrogio Maestri as Alfio in Cavalleria and Tonio in Pagliacci. ...

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Lyric, Radvanovsky shine in Donizetti showcase

As any music historian will tell you, composer Gaetano Donizetti didn’t intend his three operas about Tudor queens as a trilogy. Written in separate years with different librettists, the operas focus on climactic and at times highly fictionalized moments in the lives of Anne Boleyn in “Anna Bolena,” Mary Queen of Scots in “Maria Stuarda” and Queen Elizabeth I in “Roberto Devereux.” While long looked upon individually as proving grounds for the greatest divas of our time, the trio was forever linked when Beverly Sills sang all three roles with the New York City Opera in the 1970s. Jumping forward ...

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Lyric opera Maestro Enrique Mazzola

The Lyric’s incoming maestro brings with him impressive credentials and a towering passion for his repertoire, his fellow artists, his new audience and his new home. When Anthony Freud stepped onto the Civic Opera House stage before the second act of “Luisa Miller” on Oct. 20, the audience gave a cry of dismay. They knew what announcement was to come from the general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja was ill, and could not continue singing. After American soprano Toni Marie Palmertree stepped in to replace ailing star Krassimira Stoyanova as Luisa at the top ...

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Lyric delivers a stellar ‘Don Giovanni’

The second collaboration with the librettist Da Ponte, “Don Giovanni” is rightfully considered one of Mozart’s highest accomplishments and is one of the gold standards of the operatic repertory. Based on the figure of Don Juan, Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, causing mayhem indiscriminately until he reaps his just rewards. The Lyric Opera of Chicago opened their run of “Don Giovanni” on November 14 to a packed and appreciative house. Running through December 8, it’s a production well worth seeing. Transported to 1920s Spain, the sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes. A true ensemble piece, the ...

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