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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bizet's "Djamileh" : Chicago Cultural Center's 10th Annual Free Summer Opera


10th Annual Chicago Cultural Center Summer Opera

The Midwest premiere of a one-act fairy tale from the composer of Carmen

Designed by David Lee Csicsko.  www.csicsko.comSunday, August 3, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, August 5, 7:30 pm

Thursday, August 7, 7:30 pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street

Free admission

A little-known gem, this delightful opera follows the devoted, beautiful Djamileh in her quest to win over the blasˆ© young nobleman Haroun. The sparkling mosaics of Preston Bradley Hall and its newly restored Tiffany stained glass dome serve as the backdrop to this tale of love in an Egyptian palace. An opening performance of music for oud and percussion explores the sounds of the Turkish nobleman's court, setting the scene for an evocative evening.

The opera is directed by Patrizia Acerra and features Katherine Pracht (mezzo-soprano), Cornelius Johnson (tenor), and Bill McMurray (baritone), with members of the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago under the direction of Maestro Francesco Milioto. The Summer Opera Chorus, which is comprised of some of Chicago's brightest young students, is directed by Dr. Dana Brown. The set and costumes will be created by designers Carol Blanchard and Kurt Sharp. The opera is performed in English.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets (limit four per person) must be obtained in person at the Storefront Theater Box Office, 66 E. Randolph Street. Hours are noon – 6 pm, Tuesday – Saturday. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 312.742.TIXS.

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