Riffing on Rossini, Lyric Opera’s ‘Factotum’ started as a South Side Chicago comic opera. But its creators had bigger ideas.

Sometime around his fourth “The Barber of Seville,” Chicago-based operatic baritone Will Liverman realized he’d been hounded by the same “nugget of an idea” for years. That idea was inspired by the Rossini comic opera warhorse, in which Liverman found himself once again singing the role of the wily …

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