Performer Eric Owens relaxes in his dressing room between on stage performances of "Rusalka" at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, March 10, 2014. The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded ... more 
Performer Eric Owens relaxes in his dressing room between on stage performances of "Rusalka" at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, March 10, 2014. The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria. The Chicago opera scene, however, is all up tempo.The nation's third most populous city has not only preserved its devotion to opera, it has expanded it, despite hard times for the art form elsewhere. Opera experts credit creative programming, solid philanthropic help and a loyal, enthusiastic audience. Picture taken March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) less 
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