- Type: Classical Music/Opera
NileGuide Expert Says:
Rumor has it that the guy who built the opera house built it for his wife. She was an opera singer, but not a very good one, who could not get hired by any existing opera company, so he built her own opera house where she could be the star. Not sure how her reviews were...
- Samuel Insull built this palace of a building in 1929 as a throne to himself - literally. When the design began for this building that would contain both an opera house and dozens of offices, Insull allegedly asked the architect to make the building in the shape of a throne that faced west. According to local legend, Insull claimed that upon his death his spirit would sit in his "throne" where he could watch out over the growth of the city, much of which he spawned before dying virtually penniless and forgotten years later. Inside, the theater is a traditional European-style opera house, filled with stacked balcony and side boxes. The Lyric Opera of Chicago has gained an international reputation over the past 20 years as one of the world's finest companies. Its opulently staged productions range from the classics to new shows, such as "An American Tragedy." The Civic Opera House Box Office is at the corner of Wacker & Madison. Call for show times.
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