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Chicago Opera Theater presents The Love Potion Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 1, 3 p.m. 2016

When Swiss composer Frank Martin set out in 1940 to write an oratorio based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde, Europe was being ravaged by Nazi Germany, which had co-opted the music of composer Richard Wagner. Martin’s hauntingly emotive composition—influenced by both Schoenberg’s 12-tone method and Debussy’s impressionism, and compactly scored for strings, piano, and a dozen voices—stands in gorgeous opposition to the grand Wagnerian version of this Celtic story of love and death. Emanuele Andrizzi will conduct this Chicago Opera Theater production, directed by Andreas Mitisek, under the star-spangled ceiling of a surprising venue.

Deanna Isaacs

Price: $50-$75

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