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Viewpoints is a series of events programmed around each opera production designed to enrich, entertain, and educate. Most often in collaboration with other cultural organizations in Chicago, each Viewpoint is intended to stimulate conversation, enhance contextual and conceptual understanding, and further engage the curiosity of our audience.
Fine Arts Building, Curtiss Hall
Tuesday, Jan. 27th @ 6:00pm
FREE! - No need to RSVP
Join us for a little bubbly as we raise our glasses to a new season of opera that is daring, beautiful, and exciting! You've rung in the New Year - now join COT as we raise a glass to the 2015 Season! General Director Andreas Mitisek will lead you through the season with the help of Thérèse Raquin composer Tobias Picker and A Coffin in Egypt composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Ending with a live performance that will leave you wanting more of what our season has to offer.
No need to RSVP just come as you are and bring a friend! Refreshments will be provided. Have any questions? Call 312.704.8414.
Are you a Subscriber to COT? If so, you and a friend can join us following the Viewpoint event for a private reception with composer Tobias Picker. Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres as you get to know the man who brought the sensual Thérèse Raquin to the opera stage.
In partnership with Facets, we are trhilled to bring you an intimate screening of the 1953 French film inspired by one of the country's most tantalizing novels. Live excerpts from Chicago Opera Theater's captivating cast of Thérèse Raquin will be featured after the film.
About the Film: Émile Zola's story of lust, betrayal, and mental torture is updated in this 1953 film directed by Marcel Carné. Orphaned Thérèse (Simone Signoret) is married to her elderly, sickly cousin Camille Raquin (Jacque Duby). They live with his dominating mother who ensures Thérèse's life is not her own. Her's is a dull and empty existence, void of romance until she meets truck-driver Laurent (Raf Vallone). Suspicious of their attraction, Camille takes his wife to Paris. Laurent follows them on the same train and steals a private moment with Thérèse which Camille interrupts. Being discovered, Laurent throws Camille from the moving train. Thérèse and Laurent vow to keep silent, falling deeper into their dark passion. Thérèse reports her husband missing and when his body is discovered police bring her in to identify him. When she lays eyes on his body she does not break, hoping the truth will be buried with her husband. Unfortunately for the lovers, secrets this horrific do not stay hidden for long. A witness to the crime blackmails Thérèse for money. To keep him quiet, the lovers meet his demands, but moments later he is killed while crossing the street in front. Thinking they are in the clear they are unaware that the conman gave a letter to his maid to reveal to the truth to the world if he does not make it home.