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Lyric Opera of Chicago (WTTW News)

To open or not to open: That's been the question for Chicago’s performing arts community over the last year and a half. Now, the League of Chicago Theatres has announced new COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures as productions are set to fill up stages once again.

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Enrique Mazzola, music director designate at Lyric Opera of Chicago. (Photo: Jean-Baptiste Millot)

The Italian conductor has been named as “music director designate” at Lyric Opera Chicago, where Sir Andrew Davis will retire as music director at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

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A yearlong international arts festival underway in Chicago celebrates the legacy of William Shakespeare and commemorates the 400 years since his death. Barbara Gaines of Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Anthony Freud of Lyric Opera Chicago join us to discuss the festival and the Bard’s legacy.

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.