Opera promises bigger seats when it returns

Lyric Opera of Chicago has been using the shutdown for an internal makeover, the first in quarter of a century.

It is promising ‘slightly larger new seats throughout, a staggered configuration and widened aisles to improve sightlines, accessibility and audience comfort’.

Capacity will be cut from 3,563 to 3,276.

More here.

 

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  • Sounds like a good idea. It’s a vast, sweeping hall, so anything helping those furthest from the stage to improve their experience is not a bad thing. Great house.

  • Freud is the problem, not
    the width of the seats. No one will be in the seats, old or new for at least another year.

  • but, Illinois is currently wiping out all the slightly larger people, so what is the point? Illinois has the worst gov/mayor in history. Prizker and Boris could be besties.

      • Illinois doesn’t even make the top 12 for obesity rates in the United States. States that do are: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana (which is right next door to Illinois), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

        Among US cities Chicago is rated 78th most obese.

        • But there’s no opera house to make fun of in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

  • That’s still bigger than Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal. Do they use subtle amplification for opera performances like Montreal?

  • This is wonderful news. They did so much renovating some years ago but the hall remained basically as it was. As for the touted acoustics, I have to say there were issues with deadness of sound so this is also welcome news. Bravo to LOC for this.

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