Thursday, November 12, 2009

National Opera Week

National Opera Week takes place November 13-22, 2009 and celebrates the vitality of opera in America as a contemporary cultural expression. Chicago Opera Theater (COT), partnering with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, are proud to participate in this exciting, week-long celebration with “Pop-up Opera” performances around Chicago, and a young professionals’ night at Rock Bottom Brewery. National Opera Week is organized by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Opera Week in Chicago begins with “Pop-up Opera” performances throughout the city. These short “flash” performances of popular opera favorites will be performed by COT Young Artists in unexpected places. Go to for hints on where and when “Pop-up Opera” will be that week!

On Wednesday, November 18, Chicago Opera Theater’s young professional group, Opera Underground, presents “Beers and Baritones” at Rock Bottom Brewery. The evening, aimed at young professionals aged 21 to 45, is only $25 and includes beer, wine, light appetizers, with a short performance by Leila Bowie and Martin Woods, both members of COT’s Young Artists Program.

The National Opera Week celebration will reach from coast to coast with over 90 opera companies from 32 states and will offer a range of programs for the public. Opera Week will demonstrate the allure and accessibility of opera, this most multi-media of the arts, and will be accessible to both opera lovers and newcomers to the art form.

For more information on Chicago Opera Theater Opera Week events, please go to

For more information on all National Opera Week events around Chicago and the country, please go to

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