Less than a month after its inaugural concerts in October 1891, the Chicago Orchestra was in the pit at the Auditorium Theatre for performances with the Metropolitan Opera Company (under the auspices of Abbey, Schoeffel, and Grau).

The month-long residency included a single performance of Verdi’s Aida on December 10 with Lilli Lehmann in the title role, Jean de Reszke as Radamès, Giulia Ravogli as Amneris, Antonio Magini-Coletti as Amonasro, Enrico Serbolini as Ramfis, Lodovico Viviani as the King, and M. Grossi as the Messenger. The Metropolitan Opera Chorus was prepared by its director, Carlo Corsi, and Louis Saar conducted.

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TOP: Advertisement for Verdi’s Aida with the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Orchestra on December 10, 1891, at the Auditorium Theatre | Image courtesy of the Newberry Library