Credit: Enrico Nawrath/Courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago


Conductor Riccardo Muti takes over as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with a free concert in Millennium Park (Sept. 19;, then a Berlioz double bill (Sept. 23–28).

Barbara Gaines, founder of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, stages Verdi’s Macbeth at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Oct. 1–30;

New York City

Director Robert Lepage opens the Metropolitan Opera season with Das Rheingold, the first opera of Wagner’s Ring cycle (Sept. 27– Oct. 9).

At the New York City Opera, Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, about the failure of the American dream, has its overdue New York premiere (Oct. 27–Nov. 21;


Theater legend Peter Brook offers a new version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Nov. 9–Dec. 31; at the Bouffes du Nord theater.

By Mario R. Mercado and Anne Midgette