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OTELLO Audio Preview by Sir Andrew Davis

Listen to Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's renowned music director, share the synopsis and excerpts from Verdi's Otello in this audio preview.

 

Otello Audio Preview

Lyric's renowned music director shares the synopsis and excerpts from Verdi's Otello.

Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.

 

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Lyric goes to London

July 19 reunited Lyric's mighty triumvirate of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming at the Royal Opera House for a semi-staged concert performance of Richard Strauss's final opera, Capriccio

FlemingCapriccio

July 19 reunited Lyric's mighty triumvirate of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming at the Royal Opera House for a semi-staged concert performance of Richard Strauss's final opera, Capriccio. With Anthony in the audience, Sir Andrew conducted Renée as the Countess, one of her signature roles, to great acclaim:

 "Swathed in a glittering Vivienne Westwood gown, she look[ed] ravishing and the soft, poised, top notes in the closing minutes hung in the air like so many silvery moonbeams." Richard Fairman, Financial Times

"Andrew Davis is a master Straussian, conducting with unassertive ease and stroking the requisite velvet out of the strings." Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph  

Lyric's leaders are working on four continents this summer! Where in the world is...

Anthony Freud? In addition to seeing Capriccio, Anthony attended the Royal Opera House's production of Benjamin Britten's Gloriana. Other highlights of his work travels in Europe included André Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice and Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Verdi's Attila at Theater an der Wien in Vienna, and Verdi's Il Trovatore and Wagner's Lohengrin at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In August and September, Anthony will attend performances at Santa Fe Opera, Glyndebourne, Bayreuth, and Salzburg.

Sir Andrew Davis? Sir Andrew's summer engagements in the UK require him to juggle three scores at the same time! In August, he returns to the Glyndebourne Festival, two hours south of London, where he will conduct Billy Budd for the Benjamin Britten centennial. Sir Andrew will lead the Glyndebourne cast and chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a live broadcast of Billy Budd for the BBC Proms. BBC Proms fans also await Sir Andrew's rendition of Tippett's A Midsummer Marriage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Sir Andrew will spend September with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, where he is music director. His programs in Melbourne include conducting Ryan Opera Center alumni Amber Wagner and René Barbera in Verdi's Requiem.October finds Sir Andrew back home in Chicago for Parsifal.

Renée Fleming? Renée's end-of-July recital in Dublin caps off a terrific season of international touring, including performances in China, Taiwan, Austria, and the United Kingdom, and a stop by the White House to receive the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Renée's upcoming season once again will take her to all corners of the globeincluding Chicago for her first-ever duo concert with tenor sensation Jonas Kaufmann. 

Pictured above: Soprano Renée Fleming sings the Countess in Richard Strauss's Capriccio at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden. (Photo: Royal Opera House/Catherine Ashmore)

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Divas and Gentlemen

Great divas Anna Netrebko, Albina Shagimuratova, and Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming join general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and president and CEO Kenneth G. Pigott for a Lyric family photo shoot.

This week, the stars aligned at Lyric when three stratospheric sopranos graced Lyric's stage on three consecutive evenings:

Renée Fleming as Blanche DuBois in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire on March 26.

Albina Shagimuratova as Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto on March 27.

Anna Netrebko as Mimì in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème on March 28. 

              Diva shoot

(l-r:) Anthony Freud, Sir Andrew Davis, Anna Netrebko, Kenneth G. Pigott, and Renée Fleming. Todd Rosenberg Photography.

Anna and Albina graciously joined Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming, general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and president and CEO Kenneth G. Pigott for a Lyric family photo shoot.  

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Masterful MEISTERSINGER

Epic praise for Lyric's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, starring James Morris.

Meistersinger stage shot

Photo: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Chicago critics agree with Twitter users on all accounts about Lyric Opera of Chicago's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg!  There are three more opportunities to enjoy:

• The cast– "...first rate from top to bottom...deploying both vocal power and dramatic insight to shape their characters." – Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times
 
• The conducting–  "Lyric Opera of Chicago's new co-production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is five and a half hours short, due first and foremost to Lyric music director Andrew Davis, whose Wagner is luminous." – Nancy Malitz, Chicago on the Aisle
 
• The Lyric Opera Orchestra–  "Even by their standard, [they] played gloriously with refined, majestic brass, personality-plus woodwinds and gleaming, burnished string playing throughout." – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
 
• The design–  "With airy yet intricately wrought sets and costumes by Vicki Mortimer, Lyric's Meistersinger looks like a pastoral 19th-century painting." – Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times
 
• The production–  "...warm, accessible, and very charming..." – Lori Dana, Chicago Stage Review
 
In short, "...opportunities to experience Die Meistersinger, let alone one this good, don't come around very often." - John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune  Click on any of the three remaining performance dates to reserve tickets: Feb. 23, Feb. 27, or March 3.

 

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