The Season


Duke Ellington

NEW DATES: March 19, 20 & 23, 2014

The Harris Theater of Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St.;

The Duke's "street opera" roars with big-band sound. The story follows a Harlem belle in her quest for everlasting fame, showcasing a woman's ambition to keep her title and her beau. Prestige, beauty, and racial divides are not the only make-over in this raucous affair fusing hot jazz with cool blues. This Chicago premiere is a collaboration with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra!


Viktor Ullmann / Carl Orff

May 31, June 4, 6, 8, 2014
The Merle Reskin Theatre of DePaul University, 60 E. Balbo;

These two satires mocking oppression and dictatorship were written in 1943 Germany under vastly different circumstances. Ullmann's Emperor is a witty send-up of fascism where a mad ruler advocates war against all, even causing Death to retire from his duties. In contrast, Orff's Clever One is a cautionary fairy-tale about a foolish, tyrannical king bested by a clever woman.


Ernest Bloch

The Harris Theater of Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph St.;  September 13, 17, 19, 21, 2014

A Chicago premiere, this powerful opera follows the torments that Macbeth and his Lady experience as they descend the spiral of ambition and murder. Doomed by his own guilt, Macbeth is slain by a man "not born of a woman." Bloch's forceful and striking score provides the expressive soundscape for this bone-chilling thriller, where "fair is foul and foul is fair."

Chicago Opera Theater

Andreas Mitisek, General Director
70 E. Lake Street Suite 415
Chicago, IL 60601
Box Office: 312.704.8414
Administrative: 312.704.8420
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