Press Clippings

“Ultimately, in this grandest of Puccini operas, the evening really belonged to the magnificent Lyric Opera Chorus. With its numerous crowd scenes and majestic ensembles, Michael Black’s singers commanded the stage, bringing jarring intensity to the cries of the bloodthirsty Peking mobs as well as glowing delicacy to the more ethereal choruses.”

– Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review (December 6, 2017)

“The chorus plays a major role in “Turandot,” and director Michael Black’s enlarged choral forces rose to its various challenges with stalwart musicianship.”

– John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune (December 6, 2017)

“The Lyric Opera Chorus provided their usual excellence, especially the men’s rousing chorus of soldiers.”

– Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review (March 4, 2018)

“The excellent chorus, spread across the stage to accommodate the choreography, deployed clear diction and rhythmic precision, singing as one.”

– James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International (November 25, 2017)

“Yet again, the wonderful Lyric Chorus has that Goldilocks just-so touch with every note.”

– Amy Munice, Picture This Post (February 12, 2017)

“Michael Black’s much-augmented chorus was at the top of its game throughout this biggest of big sings, both vocally and dramatically; the women, in particular, were riveting in their dramatic scene with Cassandra as Troy fell.”

– Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (December 10, 2016)