This performance is at The Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Experience the world premiere of The Factotum, a soul opera inspired by Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" that has grown into a joyful, original piece all its own, commissioned by Lyric. Creators Will Liverman, a Grammy-nominated baritone, and dynamic producer/DJ/multi-instrumentalist DJ King Rico update the action to a Black barbershop on Chicago's South Side, creating an irresistibly upbeat work that celebrates the strength of community. The Factotum blends diverse musical styles with boundless imagination to create a soul opera, moving from gospel and funk to rap, hip-hop, classic barbershop quartet, and R&B. Those styles connect brilliantly with classical singing in a very human comedy that redefines everything that opera can be.

February 3, 2023 / 7:00PM
February 5, 2023 / 2:00PM
February 8, 2023 / 7:00PM
February 10, 2023 / 7:00PM
February 12, 2023 / 2:00PM

Language: Sung in English with projected English titles
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes with 1 intermission

Lyric’s world premiere of The Factotum is generously made possible by the Ford Foundation, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Board, Roberta L. & Robert J. Washlow, the John R. and Grace K. Stanek Charitable Fund, Gene & Jean Stark, OPERA America, the Bill & Orli Staley Foundation, Mary Stowell, the Eisen Family Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, and Laurel Appell Lipkin.

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.