Go Backstage with Frederica von Stade

"It's about how your journey is molded by difficult experiences." 

Hear from beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, leading lady of A Coffin in Egypt, as she shares her excitement and passion for the opera. 


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An Opera Star Shares Her Favorite Opera Memories

Frederica von Stade sat down with WfMT after rehearsal for A Coffin in Egypt for a backstage interview at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance to share some of her most magical and comical moments in her decade's long career. 

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What's Next at COT?

The next opera in COT's season of adventure is A Coffin In Egypt based on the play by award-winning writer Horton Foote, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Leonard Foglia. Celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade stars in this tour-de-force portrayal of 90-year-old grand dame Myrtle Bledsoe living alone in Egypt, Texas. Left with only her memories of missed opportunities, broken dreams, and a family of liars and murders, Myrtle searches in the shadows for forgiveness. This unforgettable story begs the question: can you live a life without regret?

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Students save at COT!

Have a valid student ID? If you answered "yes" you are in luck! As a student you can experience COT for just $15! The night of the performance we will seat you in the best seat available; saving anywhere from $20 to $100!

A Coffin in Egypt student tickets available now!

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Save with Opera Underground!

Are you between the ages of 21 and 45? Our Opera Underground tickets are made just for you! Network with other opera lovers and young professionals while enjoying a complimentary pre-show bar, hors d'ouevres and A-level seats for only $40.


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Celebrate with COT

We invite you to join our Board of Directors and the COT family at Ignite Glass Studios on Tuesday, May 12 for our annual celebration of MORE OF THE DIFFERENT! Guests will enjoy an evening of great company, gourmet food catered by Jewell Events Catering, and a dynamic musical performance from some of COT's opera stars.

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Upcoming Events

A Coffin in Egypt

Sat. April 25, 2015 • 7:30 PM
Wed. April 29, 2015 • 7:30 PM
Fri. May 1, 2015 • 7:30 PM
Sun. May 3, 2015 • 3:00 PM
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2015 Annual Gala

Tue. May 12, 2015 • 6:00 PM
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Lucio Silla

Sat. September 26, 2015 • 7:30 PM
Wed. September 30, 2015 • 7:30 PM
Fri. October 2, 2015 • 7:30 PM
Sun. October 4, 2015 • 3:00 PM
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Chicago Opera Theater

Andreas Mitisek, General Director
70 E. Lake Street Suite 415
Chicago, IL 60601
Box Office: 312.704.8414
Administrative: 312.704.8420
E-mail: [email protected]

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