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While in Peoria, why not make time for a top-notch opera?

Located halfway between Chicago and St Louis, the city boasts a professional opera company that rivals most metropolitan establishments. For years, Opera Illinois has brought old world classics to audiences in the Midwest. The company's perfect blend of small town comfort and big-city expertise has also provided a space where established artists like to try out new roles.

And after years of drawing actors from famed New York City stages, as well as launching stars into the spotlight, Opera Illinois shows that the old adage is still true: If it plays in Peoria, it'll play anywhere.

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A scene from Opera Illinois' 1999 production of Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff.


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