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Theatre & Performing Arts

Chicago Opera Theater presents Before It All Goes Dark

Chicago Opera Theater (COT), Chicago’s foremost producer of new and reimagined opera, closes its 50th Anniversary season presenting the final performances of the world premiere tour of Before It All Goes Dark, the latest opera by the most famous American opera writing duo working today: composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Produced in partnership with Music of Remembrance, Before it All Goes Dark follows the fascinating and true story of a suburban Chicago man who, just before his death, discovers he is the heir of a Jewish art collector killed in the Holocaust, and the rightful owner of a cache of valuable art looted by the Nazi’s. The remarkable story was reported by Chicago’s own Howard Reich– Emmy-award winning author, journalist, filmmaker, and former classical music critic at the Chicago Tribune. Before All Goes Dark stars renowned bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino in two performances only; Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 PM at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S Michigan Ave. Tickets start at $45.00 and are available at


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