Music: In Chicago

The Chicago Civic Opera Company announced its intentions for the coming Winter's season, which opens on Nov. 5. The season will be inaugurated by a revival of La Gioconda, Ponchielli's grisly, melodious thriller. First produced in Milan, in 1876, it tells in music a terrible story of love, licit and illicit, revenge, suicide, murder, Inquisition horrors and Venetian gondoliers. Giorgio Polacco will conduct. Rosa Raisa, Giacomo Rimini and Antonio Cortis, a new Spanish tenor, will sing.

Other productions will include Bizet's Pearl Fishers, Montemezzi's Love of Three Kings, Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande,...