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Chicagoans prick up ears & eyes for opera premiere & costume exhibition

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“Queenie Pie is a neglected gem, fascinating musically, dramatically and historically,” states General Director Andreas Mitisek of Chicago Opera Theater’s upcoming production of Duke Ellington’s only opera.

“In keeping with our mission of producing adventurous opera experiences, particularly new and rarely performed work, we are excited to bring Chicago audiences a largely unknown piece by one of America’s greatest composers.”

The Chicago Opera Theater collaborated with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra for this Chicago premiere which runs from February 15 to March 5 at the Harris Theater on 205 E. Randolph Street. Tickets ($35 - $125) are available at 312-704-8414 and

The work of visual artist and costume designer Cait O’Connor will be on display at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Opera Club Wine Cellar on the lower level of the Civic Opera House from now through spring.

Curated by Lyric’s Production Design Director Scott Marr, the exhibition features opera costumes, wigs, and accessories displayed alongside O’Connor’s original sketches.

The show opens tonight, January 31, at 6:30 p.m. for Fantasy of the Opera patrons. It will also be available at no charge to season patrons attending Lyric's The Barber of Seville, Rusalka, La Clemenza di Tito, and The Sound of Music. For more information, visit