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Creating The Factotum | Lyric Opera of Chicago

Creating The Factotum

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Creating The Factotum

Follow the development of a new opera that transcends the limits of traditional repertoire. The Factotum will reinvigorate an established operatic comedy by giving it a fresh fade. Ryan Opera Center alumnus Will Liverman and DJ/recording artist K-Rico reimagine Rossini's The Barber of Seville by placing their work in a present-day Black barbershop in Chicago while combining operatic singing with hip-hop, barbershop, gospel, funk, neo soul, and R&B music. Working with the creators, the Ryan Opera Center will hold a music workshop for The Factotum in December. The behind-the-scenes process of creating the new work will be documented by Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash and shared with audiences in early 2021.

  • Music and libretto/text: Will Liverman and K-Rico
  • Story Consultant: Mary Birnbaum
  • Film documentary: Raphael Nash

Creating The Factotum is generously sponsored by

Eisen Family Foundation

Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow