Chicago Magazine Proclaims: 'Lidiya Yankovskaya Takes Opera into The 21st Century'

September 17, 2019

“Opera experimentalism has flourished in the past decade among a gaggle of startup companies around the city. Yankovskaya is taking that energy and injecting it into a major company... Naysayers accuse opera of resuscitating a permanent past. Here is where you can see the present.”
— Chicago Magazine

Describing Lidiya Yankovskaya, Chicago Magazine notes, “The musical head of Chicago Opera Theater doesn’t look like most bigtime opera conductors.” The fall Culture Issue feature explores Yankovskaya’s notable position as the only female music-director of a multimillion-dollar opera company in the United States who “rides on a new wave, bringing a repertoire that ranges from grand spectacle to electric intimacy.”

Yankovskaya leads Chicago Opera Theatre’s fall double bill of Aleko, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first opera, and Everest, by contemporary composer Joby Talbot.

Read the full feature here >

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