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From Seville to RUSALKA in 60 Seconds or Less!

If you thought moving was hard, you can't imagine what goes into shifting thousands of pounds of sets that are the backbone of Lyric's magnificent productions. Here is what it takes to go from The Barber of Seville to Rusalka in just one minute.

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If you thought moving was hard, you can't imagine what goes into shifting thousands of pounds of sets that are the backbone of Lyric's magnificent productions. Here is what it takes to deconstruct the wrought-iron creations of Scott Pask from The Barber of Seville—including a 300-gallon reflecting pool!—to make way for John Macfarlane's gothic wonderland for Rusalka, which incorporates a forest, lake, gigantic kitchen, and ballroom complete with fireplace and 59 mounted deer heads. Through the magic of time lapse, you can watch these nine hours of intense work condensed to one minute!

 

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(top row) Act One, The Barber of Seville by Dan Rest / Lyric Opera of Chicago.
(bottom row, l-r) Rusalka, Act One by Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago; Rusalka, Act Two by Robert Kusel / Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Opera on Ice!

This year's Olympics have featured some gorgeous figure skating routines set to some of the most famous classical music ever written. Here are a few skating routines, some recent and some gems from the past, that showcase the inherent drama of opera.

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The Sochi Olympics have featured some gorgeous skating routines set to some of the most famous classical music ever written. Here are a few skating routines, some recent and some gems from the past, that showcase how well the drama and passion of opera translates to the ice.  

Michelle Kwan brought the crowd to its feet with a dramatic interpretation of Puccini's Tosca at the 2004 U.S. National Championships.

 

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the reigning couple of ice dancing, waltzed to selections from Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus in 2011. 

 

Katarina Witt was the winner of the "Battle of the Carmens," when both she and American Debi Thomas skated to music from Bizet's Carmen at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary.

 

Canadian Patrick Chan, the silver medalist in Sochi, used music from Puccini's La Bohème for his long program last season.

 

Ekaterina Goordeeva and Sergei Gringkov, one of pairs skating's greatest couples on and off the ice, brought the overture from Rossini's The Barber of Seville to life in this program from 1989.

 

Kristi Yamaguchi channeled Cio-Cio San with this routine set to music from Puccini's Madama Butterfly from 1994.

          


Photo credits: Associated Press

(Lyric Opera of Chicago does not own copyrights to any of the above videos.)

 

Operatic Olympians

The Olympics could be seen as the opera of sports—exciting, dramatic, and full of colorful characters. In the spirit of the Sochi Olympics, we've paired some of our favorite operatic characters with their ideal winter sports.

The Olympics could be seen as the opera of sports—exciting, dramatic, and full of colorful characters. In fact, the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding  saga of 1994 has been turned into a rock opera by a company in Los Angeles.

In the spirit of the Sochi Olympics, we've paired some of our favorite operatic characters with their ideal winter sports.

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Nordic combined - This event combines cross-country skiing with ski jumping, so it's the perfect sport for the man who can do everything, the one, the only Figaro showcased in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Biathlon - Eugene Onegin is the obvious choice, though his accuracy with a gun might result in tragedy as often as it does a gold medal.

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Slopestyle - Adele from Die Fledermaus can certainly give U.S. gold medalist Jaime Anderson a run for her money. Her exuberant nature and willingness to perform makes her the perfect candidate for an event designed for show-offs.

Ladies figure skating - Pretty much any diva in opera would qualify, but we think Tosca has the perfect amount of dramatic flair and true tragedy to really sell that long program.

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Downhill skiing - Don Giovanni, with his relentless pursuit of passion, has the temperament downhill skier, who sacrifices everything in pursuit of the thrilling adrenaline rush of pure speed.  

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Pairs figure skating - Don José and Carmen are the perfect figure skating duo. He brings the passion, she brings the reckless abandon needed for the crazy lifts, throw jumps, and death spirals

Bobsled - Papageno and Tamino help save the girl in The Magic Flute, and that's exactly the kind of teamwork that's needed in the two-man bobsled.

Ice Hockey - The gypsies from Il Trovatore are a group of people not to be messed with—plus, the Anvil Chorus makes a perfect goal celebration song!

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Curling - This is probably the only Olympic sport that you can also do while drinking on the ice in your own backyard, which makes it perfect for the boisterous and often inebriated Falstaff.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Figaro and Rosina!

Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, our wonderful Figaro and Rosina in Lyric's new production of Rossini's  The Barber of Seville treated fans to some Valentine's Day delights. 

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Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, our wonderful Figaro and Rosina in Lyric's new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville  treated fans to some Valentine's Day delights.

Nathan Gunn answered questions from his devoted followers in a live Facebook chat right here at Lyric headquarters. Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming even stopped by to say hello! 

 

 

On the WGN Midday News, seen not only in Chicago but nationwide, Isabel Leonard chatted with Steve Sanders about Barber and beautifully performed "I Loved You Once in Silence" from Lerner and Loewe's Camelot

 

 

Still looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift? A romantic night at the opera is sure to please. Tickets for the final four performances of The Barber of Seville are available, as well as seats for the darkly sensual fairy tale Rusalka and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, which tells a story of passion, power, and forgiveness. 

Photo credit: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

 

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