Die Walküre | Lyric Opera House | Theater & Performance, Classical | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays, Saturdays, 5:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 26, 1 p.m. and Thu., Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 18 2017
Price: $20-$299
The second installment of Lyric Opera’s four-season Ring Cycle continues the openly theatrical steampunk environment established in last season’s Rhinegold. The giant rolling towers are back, along with equine contraptions ridden by maiden warriors to some of opera’s most famous music. The effect can be (take your pick) amusingly circuslike or a little too precious, but a gorgeous performance by bass-baritone Eric Owens as the distressed god Wotan and superb work by the rest of a world-class cast—especially soprano Christine Goerke as the valkyrie of the title (and Wotan’s favorite daughter)—make this a not-to-be-missed production. Composer-librettist Richard Wagner’s mid-19th-century exploration of familial (and other) passions, including a defense of incest that’s the logical end point of a “pure blood” obsession that made him a Hitler favorite, is still both moving and shocking. David Pountney is the director; Andrew Davis conducts. —Deanna Isaacs

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