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Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago

The Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago was founded by Lithuanian emigrants in 1956,[1] and presents operas in Lithuanian. It celebrated fifty years of existence in 2006, and operates as a not-for-profit organization. It is noteworthy for performing the rarely staged Rossini's William Tell (1986) and Ponchielli's I Lituani (1981, 1983 and 1991), and also for contributing experienced chorus singers to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.[2] The opera Jūratė and Kastytis by Kazimieras Viktoras Banaitis was presented in Chicago, Illinois in 1996.[3]

Lithuanians operas were sometimes held at Maria High School in Chicago and such operas are now sometimes held at Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois.


  1. ^ "About the Lithuanian Opera Company, Inc. in Chicago". Lithuanian Opera Co. Archived from the original on 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2006-09-14.
  2. ^ Marsh, Robert C. "Author's Preface". In Pellegrini, Norman (ed.). 150 Years of Opera in Chicago. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press. xii. ISBN 0-87580-353-9.
  3. ^ Posters by Ada Sutkus for the Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago

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