Titans Of Opera
This month only, the leading lady and conductor of Richard Strauss’s Elektra are both making anticipated debuts at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Nina Stemme and Donald Runnicles are being welcomed as opera titans, enormously sought after and acclaimed worldwide. While each is remarkably versatile, it’s in formidably dramatic German repertoire such as this production that they’ve become most celebrated. The opera, which opens February 2 and runs for six nights through February 22, is a twisted family drama that tells the story of one daughter’s single-minded mission to avenge her murdered father. The suspenseful story of vengeance roars to life thanks to Strauss’s pulse-pounding music. The brutal splendor of Strauss’s score—performed in German with projected English translations—promises to grab audiences and not let go until its hair-raising, bloody finale. For more information, call 312-827-5600 or visit lyricopera.com/elektra.
Come out of your winter hibernation and warm up at Brookfield Zoo’s “Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest” on Saturday, February 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. The 21-and-over-only event features more than 30 seasonal wines and whiskeys accompanied with hors d’oeuvres. Adding to the ambience will be live entertainment provided by the local band Red Carpet Riot. Additionally, throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to meet several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. Space is limited. The cost is $85.00, which includes a commemorative 5 oz. glass to sample wines and whiskeys and admission to the zoo for the entire day—come early and enjoy seeing your favorite animals too! A designated driver ticket is also available for $45 that includes free admission to the zoo and unlimited soft drinks. For more information and to make reservations, visit CZS.org/winterwineandwhiskey or call 708-688-8000.
Little Blue Box
Nothing says “I love you” like an iconic Tiffany blue box, and this Valentine’s Day, Tiffany & Co. has introduced stylish new pieces sure to delight—from updates on treasured classics to new designs from favorites like Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso. In an exciting debut that’s sure to appeal to longtime fans of the brand, the “Return to Tiffany” heart has been given a new look as a chic heart minaudière (available in sterling silver and stainless steel) slated to exclusively launch this month in North America. But sometimes even little gifts can mean a lot. We adore the “Return to Tiffany” heart bag charm in Tiffany Blue grain calfskin leather, perfect for anyone from your bestie to your favorite family member. Available at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook or at tiffany.com.