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Chicago Opera Theater Music director Lidiya Yankovskaya opens the company’s season with Rachmaninoff’s

Chicago Opera Theater Music director Lidiya Yankovskaya opens the company’s season with Rachmaninoff’s
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Chicago Opera Theatre begins its 47-th season with a double bill of Rachmaninoff’s classics “Aleko” and a modern opera “Everest” by Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer.  In the pit leading the Orchestra is Lidiya Yankovskaya, Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater. 

“Everest”   is an operatic take on the actual tragical events from 1996, when a group of mountaineers was caught in a blizzard on the slope of Mount Everest. The story was later  described by  Jon Krakauer in his  book “Into Thin Air” .  Rachmaninoff’s “Aleko”, a story of free spirit, love and destroying jealousy, is tragical in its own way. 

This season Lydiya Yankovskaya can be seen and heard conducting  Freedom Ride with   Chicago Opera Theatre,   Edward Tulane  at the Minnesota Opera,  Shining Brow  with the Arizona Opera and  Don Giovanni  at the Glimmerglass Festival New York. Lidia’s future engagements will take her to Europe for  Jenufa  at Vlaamse Opera and Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville as well as  Don Giovanni  at Seattle Opera. 

Lidiya Yankovsaya

Lidiya Yankovskaya

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