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Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

Verdi’s rarely performed Ernani is a thrilling operatic discovery, an adventurous tale of love and resistance in a time of political oppression. In 16th-century Spain, Ernani is a deposed nobleman living on the run as a bandit. When two powerful men seek to make a prize of his lover, Ernani hatches a plot to rescue her—and free the country in the process. But in a world where tradition and loyalty rule, can an outlawed love win?

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