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Chicago Opera Company

Chicago Opera Company. Several cos. have used this title, the first in 1910 with Campanini as dir. Leading light was sop. Mary Garden, who was art. dir. 1921–2. Prokofiev cond. f.p. of his Love for Three Oranges Dec. 1921. Co. re-formed as Civic Opera Co. 1922–32, with Giorgio Polacco as cond. (1918–30). Singers like Frida Leider and Eva Turner in co. at this time. New opera house opened 1929, but depression closed co. 1932. Visiting cos. until 1954 when Carol Fox (b Chicago, 1926; d Chicago, 1981) formed Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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