The Factotum film

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The Factotum on Film

The film of The Factotum allows you to experience the journey, from page to stage of the world premiere opera, The Factotum, with the original cast. This new film, from Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash and Endangered Peace Productions, is available for free online screening, for a limited time.

Commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and created by Grammy award-winning baritone Will Liverman and producer/DJ/multi-instrumentalist DJ King Rico, The Factotum enjoyed a fully sold-out run at Chicago's Harris Theater and was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. In The Factotum on Film, you'll be immersed in the action of the onstage barbershop in a full capture of the opera with the original cast, along with insights from the creators.

Set in a Black barbershop on Chicago's South Side, The Factotum is an irresistibly upbeat work that blends diverse musical styles with boundless imagination to create a soul opera, moving from gospel and funk to rap, hip-hop, classic barbershop quartet, and R&B. The Chicago Tribune called it ​“ extraordinary event in Chicago’s cultural history, re-imagining the definition of opera.”​ ​Don't miss this vibrant, often heartwarming” (Chicago Sun-Times) opera, streaming for a limited time. 


Endangered Peace Productions in association with JJE Productions by Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash
  • Language: English

Concept, Music, and Lyrics by Will Liverman and DJ King Rico
Book by Will Liverman, DJ King Rico, and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
Dramaturgy by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj

Commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera. Co-production of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Portland Opera, and Washington National Opera.


Lyric’s world premiere of The Factotum is generously made possible by the Ford Foundation, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Board, Roberta L. & Robert J. Washlow, the John R. and Grace K. Stanek Charitable Fund, Gene & Jean Stark, OPERA America, the Bill & Orli Staley Foundation, Mary Stowell, the Eisen Family Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, and Laurel Appell Lipkin.

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

Meet the artists

* Lyric debut

*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

** Ryan Opera Center alum

Program book

Go inside this production of The Factotum with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.