Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Lyric Opera of Chicago: The Factotum

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Lyric Opera of Chicago: The Factotum by Will Liverman, DJ King Rico, and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, with Maleek Washington, featuring performance highlights and moderated discussion about the forthcoming world premiere of The Factotum. Tickets available now at

Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Factotum by Will Liverman, DJ King Rico, and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, with Maleek Washington

Sunday, January 7, 7:30 pm

Tickets $35-$45, Choose What You Pay

Grammy-nominated baritone Will Liverman, an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, producer and multi-instrumentalist DJ King Rico, and dramaturg, co-book writer, and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj create a new work inspired by Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, that has grown into an original piece all its own. Ahead of its February 3 world premiere at Chicago’s Harris Theater, go behind the scenes as musician Damien Sneed moderates a discussion with Liverman, Rico, Ramoon Maharaj, and choreographer Maleek Washington, and cast members perform highlights. Learn about this joyful and original commission by Lyric Opera of Chicago, which is rooted in a Black barbershop on Chicago’s South Side. A soul opera, the work moves from gospel and funk to rap, hip-hop, barbershop quartet, and R&B, all with the operatic artform at its heart—in a very human comedy that redefines everything that opera can be. Don’t miss this irresistible upbeat work that celebrates the strength of community.

Leadership for this Works & Process program is provided by the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for New Opera.


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Alice Lange
Alice Lange
Alice Lange is passionate about music. She has been part of several groups in the production side and has now decided to bring her experience to the field of journalism. She also reviews movies and television and participates in various events.
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