October 7, 2016 - October 30, 2016
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A rarely produced 20th-century opera gets a sparkling new production as The Medium
and its tale of a phony spiritualist's supernatural comeuppance. Madame Flora conducts séances in her flat with the help of her daughter and a deaf-mute orphan boy she's taken in. She's a con artist who scams her clients by making them believe they are communing with the spirits of their dead children. But one day, Madame Flora really does open up the portal to the other side, and finds herself paying for her misdeeds in a maelstrom of terror and tragic violence. Full of heartfelt singing and melodramatic in all the right ways, The Medium
is a must-see for Chicago opera fans, and anyone who loves eerily powerful storytelling.