Operetta (CFO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theater company devoted to the nurturing of live operetta through articulate and dynamic productions. In the belief that the arts serve to illuminate the human condition, we are dedicated to the and development of operetta, a popular and accessible form of music and theater for general audiences. In particular, the CFO concentrates on producing both Viennese and American operettas from the early 20th century.
July 14, 2015 by John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
When you occupy as specialized a niche in the area’s classical scene as Chicago Folks Operetta, you just naturally try harder.
Indeed, trying harder has been a kind of mantra for the Oak Park-based music theater troupe, whose speciality is resurrecting rare and forgotten gems of silver-age Viennese and German operettas – many of them unheard in the U.S. since the early 20th century, if at all – and presenting them in fully staged productions with orchestra and new English translations.