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Take Moore out to the ball game!

Enjoy baritone David Adam Moore's Wrigley Field debut, which spurred the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

David Adam Moore headshotBaritone David Adam Moore, currently featured as the menacing farmhand Jud Fry in Oklahoma! at Lyric Opera, sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers game. WGN-AM Radio (720-AM) aired Moore's rendition live during the the pre-game broadcast.  

Chicago critics are applauding Moore's portrayal at Lyric: 

"David Adam Moore, who expertly sings (and dances) the role of Jud Fry — Laurey’s solitary, frustrated farmhand — is so handsome and interesting in his way that you can understand why he invades her dreams." – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

Enjoy Moore's Wrigley Field debut, which spurred the Cubs to a 9-2 win over the Rangers:

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Announcing Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013-14 season!

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced today the repertoire, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for Lyric's 2013-14 season. Joining Mr. Freud for today's announcement were Lyric's music director Sir Andrew Davis and Lyric's creative consultant Renée Fleming. 

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Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced today the repertoire, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for Lyric's 2013-14 season. Joining Mr. Freud for today's announcement were Lyric's music director Sir Andrew Davis and Lyric's creative consultant Renée Fleming.

Lyric’s 2013-14 subscription season will offer 67 total performances of eight different operas:

         Giuseppe Verdi's Otello
 
         Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly
 
         Richard Wagner's Parsifal
 
         Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata 
 
         Johann Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus 
 
         Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville 
 
         Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka  
 
         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
 

Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers and Hammerstein: an Imagem Company, attended the season announcement to celebrate Lyric’s new American Musical Theater Initiative. The initiative will launch after the current opera season with a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, and it will continue in the spring of 2014, with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Lyric’s 59th season will embody fully the company’s motto, Long Live Passion. “Passion," said Mr. Freud this afternoon, "is the essence of opera – musically and dramatically. There is no more thrilling, more revelatory, more entertaining art form than opera. At its best, opera delivers tidal-wave impact, overwhelming emotion, visceral excitement. It enables us to understand ourselves, our fellow human beings, and our society."

Enjoy this preview video of Lyric's 2013-14 season! 

                                       

Midnight in Paris

Can-can dancers, mimes, La Tour Eiffel, and Moulin Rouge. Have we wandered off Wacker Drive and onto the streets of Paris? No, we've entered the 29th annual Fantasy of the Opera Gala . 

Fantasy of the Opera

Can-can dancers, mimes, La Tour Eiffel, and Moulin Rouge. Have we wandered off Wacker Drive and onto the streets of Paris? No, we've entered the 29th annual Fantasy of the Opera Gala.

On February 9, the Civic Opera House lobby was transformed into une rue Parisienne, complete with those iconic structures and classic boulevard signs. 700 ticket-holders donned their finest 1920s-chic attire to take in a cabaret, sample elegant hors d'oeuvre, and dance the night away. The gala benefit raised more than $450,000 net for the company.

Early in the evening, an array of tastings prepared by some of Chicago’s top chefs enticed the crowd. Guests were also entertained by a caricature artist, tarot card reader, and henna tattooist. Later, stars of Lyric’s current season performed Broadway classics and selections from the great American songbook.  

Following the cabaret, gala sponsors and VIP ticketholders enjoyed a seated dinner prepared by Limelight Catering, while other guests flocked to “The Streets of Paris” and danced with wild abandon till midnight to Rendezvous Music. The dance floor never thinned, and La bohème baritone Lucas Meachem brought down the house when he spontaneously joined the band for a brilliant rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Many guests cooled their heels by visiting the lower-level Opera Club, a.k.a. the Moulin Rouge, to enjoy specialty drinks before bidding adieu to the night's festivities.

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