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Chicago Opera Theater Celebrates National Opera Week

By Alexander Hough in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 16, 2009 5:20PM

Martin Woods performs Wednesday and Friday (Photo from Woods's MySpace page)
In celebration of National Opera Week, the Chicago Opera Theater has sent its members to random places throughout the city to give short "Pop-Up Opera" performances. You can get tips on the locations and times on COT's website or Twitter. As an added bonus, if you tweet about the "Pop-Up" performance you're seeing (make sure to include #popupopera), you could win COT subscriptions, tickets to Kathleen Battle's performance with the Chicago Children's Choir, and $50 restaurant gift cards.

COT has also planned a couple events:

  • "Beers and Baritones" - Wednesday, November 18

    COT will wet your whistle this Wednesday evening at Rock Bottom Brewery. For $25 ($35 at the door), you'll get beer, wine, and appetizers, as well as a short performance by two members of COT's Young Artists Program, soprano Leila Bowie and baritone Martin Woods. "Beers and Baritones" is a part of Opera Underground, the COT's group for young professionals (ages 21 to 45). There's no need to be a member to attend Wednesday night, but it's something to have on your radar: A $90 membership includes a Wednesday night ticket to two spring performances, receptions before operas, and other discounts. (We're told they will also be selling memberships AT the event at a further discount for $80.)
    Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand, Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m., $25 advance, $35 door

  • Free Double Bill - Friday, November 20

    COT will close out National Opera Week with a free performance of a couple one-act operas: Jake Heggie's "At the Statue of Venus" and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's "Susanna Secret."
    Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Friday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m., FREE