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A world premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago is based on a true story with terrifying echos of today's troubled world. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Bel Canto."

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Matthew Aucoin (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

He's a composer, conductor, poet and instrumentalist. And he's already being compared to Mozart. We revisit the 25 year old whose children's opera–written for Chicago–is getting another hearing. 

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Matthew Aucoin

He's only 25 years old, but composer, poet and conductor Matthew Aucoin is already a major sensation in the classical music world. And now, Lyric Opera of Chicago has commissioned the young composer to write an opera. Second Nature receives its world premiere this week at Lincoln Park Zoo. We speak with this classical phenom on Chicago Tonight.

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Renée Fleming; Credit: Decca/Andrew Eccles

Renée Fleming, creative consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, discusses the upcoming season at the opera house which will feature an opera curated by her.

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Decca/Andrew Eccles

Soprano Renée Fleming has performed a number of unforgettable roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago. But perhaps her most lasting legacy will be her influence behind the scenes.

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Nathan Gunn is an international opera star who lives in downstate Illinois. He joins us for a performance and discussion of his role in The Barber of Seville, currently at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Watch a web extra performance and read an interview with Jeffrey Magee, Director of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Music, about Gunn's impact on the college's music program.

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A brand new staging of a classic American musical arrives in Chicago with some very authentic dancing. We meet the 91-year-old choreographer behind Lyric Opera of Chicago's Oklahoma!

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What happens when The Second City teams with the Lyric Opera of Chicago? We find out from some of the principal planners of this meeting of musical and comedy minds.

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Renée Fleming

Find out about a long-awaited announcement from Lyric Opera of Chicago and its creative consultant, Renée Fleming. Eddie Arruza talks with the opera superstar, as well as a noted author about a new opera to be written for Chicago.

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Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on!

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Artwork by Lindsay Grote

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!

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Nicole Cabell. Photo © Devon Cass

Since studying her craft at Chicago's Lyric Opera, she's become one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world. We get a live performance from opera superstar, Nicole Cabell.

Lyric Opera of Chicago's New Director

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Anthony Freud. Image credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago's new season gets underway this Saturday. That's also the day that the company's new general director officially begins his job. Eddie Arruza talks with Anthony Freud about his vision for the world-renowned company.