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The Buzz is Building for THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Lyric's new production of The Sound of Music opens on April 25, and the excitement around Chicago is reaching a fever pitch. The wonderful cast and crew of the show have been spotted all around town. Check out some highlights of the great media coverage so far. 

Lyric's new production of The Sound of Music opens on April 25, and the excitement around Chicago is reaching a fever pitch. The wonderful cast and crew of the show—Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese, Christine Brewer, Edward Hibbert, Marc Bruni, and those delightful von Trapp children—have been spotted all around town. Even the Chicago Bulls All-Star Center Joakim Noah is in on the action!

Sports Illustrated 

Joakim Noah dropped by the Civic Opera House for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot and a quick visit to the von Trapp children's rehearsal for The Sound of Music. Lee Jenkins reports in the magazine's April 21 issue>>

Billy Zane on WGN Morning News

 

Jenn Gambatese on Windy City Live 

 

Marc Bruni on Chicago Sun-Times "Curtain Call"

 

Christine Brewer and Edward Hibbert on Chicago Tonight

 

 WCIU's You & Me This Morning

And here's a sampling of the many articles and features on the show:

Need more inside info? Check out our Insider's Guide to The Sound of Music!

Photo credits:

  • Jenn Gambatese and Billy Zane in The Sound of Music (credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago)
  • Joakim Noah at Lyric Opera of Chicago (credit Todd Rosenberg / Sports Illustrated)
(Lyric Opera of Chicago does not own copyrights to any of the above videos.)

 

My Favorite Things: Betsy Farrar

Betsy Farrar makes her Lyric debut in  The Sound of Music  as Liesl. This multitalented actress graduated from Indiana's Ball State University and has been seen locally in Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater and Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When not practicing her choreography for "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," she likes to relax with some Beyoncé and a great whiskey ginger cocktail.

Betsy Farrar makes her Lyric debut in The Sound of Music as Liesl, the eldest von Trapp child experiencing her first love with telegraph delivery boy Rolf. This multitalented actress graduated from Indiana's Ball State University and has been seen locally in Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater and Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When not practicing her choreography for "Sixteen Going on Seventeen,"—complete with bicycles and fountain!—she likes to relax with some Beyoncé and a great whiskey ginger cocktail.

Movies 

Life is Beautiful, Dan in Real Life, It's a Wonderful Life

 

 

 

Books 

I love to read. One of my all time favorites is The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

TV shows 

 I watch way too much TV. Mad Men is one of my favorites. I love the time period costumes and hairstyles. New Girl, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, and Project Runway are more favorites.

 

 

 

Singer 

Beyoncé is one of my favorite performers. I wouldn't say I'm a nerd about many things, but I'm a big nerd about Beyoncé. I own all of her concerts on DVD and watch them way too often. I love her confidence and sass.

Pop song 

Speaking of Beyoncé … Love on Top.

 

Musicals 

The Sound of Music is one of my favorites to be honest. It was the first musical I was exposed to as a little girl. My grade school teacher used to play the movie soundtrack during naptime, and I learned all the songs. I asked for the movie for my birthday and I was obsessed. He-he! I also love Into the Woods, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Gypsy.

 

 

Food 

Chocolate (I have to limit my intake when performing!)

Cocktail 

Whiskey Ginger! 

Hobby 

I like to draw. I got a sketchbook for Christmas with human silhouettes for drawing fashion. 

Website 

Pintrest

Vacation spot 

Rosemary Beach, Florida

Animal 

I love sea lions. As a little girl, I used to collect money in hopes of buying my own sea lion. Haha!

Childhood toy 

I had a baby doll named Lucy and a stuffed animal cow named Moo Cow that I adored. 

My Favorite Things: Elizabeth Futral

The lovely Elizabeth Futral returns to Lyric Opera to portray Elsa Schraeder, Maria's sophisticated rival for Captain von Trapp's affections in the new production of  The Sound of Music. When she's not traveling the world as an in-demand soprano, here are just a few of the ways she likes to spend her free time.

A Chicago favorite, Elizabeth Futral returns to Lyric Opera to portray Elsa Schraeder, Maria's sophisticated rival for Captain von Trapp's affections in the new production of The Sound of Music. An alumna of Lyric's own Ryan Opera Center, Futral was last at Lyric in 2013, when she portrayed Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème. When she's not wooing a dashing captain, here are just a few of the things that she enjoys. 

Movie

To Kill a Mockingbird

               

Book

Lately, Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek 

TV show 

Breaking Bad

 

Singer 

Leontyne Price

 

Opera 

The Rake's Progress (Stavinsky)

 

Food 

Boiled Crawfish

Hobbies 

Gardening, Hiking

Vacation spot 

New Zealand

Animal 

Favorite pet ever—the late Samson (toy poodle) who traveled the world with me

Scents or smells 

Blackberry and Musk (Mur et Musc—L'Artisan Parfumerie)

Treasured possession 

Our home in Virginia

Guilty pleasure 

Garrett Popcorn's Chicago Mix 

 

Photo credits:

  • Elizabeth Futral (credit Karli Cadel)
  • New Zealand (credit Travel News Digest)
  • Chicago Mix (credit Garrett Popcorn)

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

Celebrating opera & mariachi in Pilsen!

Lyric Unlimited is proud to present  Canciones y arias, a special performance showcasing the many musical connections between mariachi music and opera on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at the beautiful performing arts center at Benito Juárez Community Academy in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

 

Think opera and mariachi music don't have anything in common? Think again! 

Lyric Unlimited is proud to present Canciones y arias, a special performance showcasing the many musical connections between mariachi music and opera on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at the beautiful performing arts center at Benito Juárez Community Academy in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

Featuring the award-winning Mariachi Aztlán from the University of Texas Pan-American, along with Suzette Mayobre and classical singers Sonja Krenek (soprano) and Carlos A. Feliciano (tenor), this hour-long performance showcases the drama and intensity of storytelling through song—both traditional mariachi songs and classical arias—using examples of popular Mexican musicians like singer Jorge Negrete and composer Manuel M. Ponce, as well as operatic excerpts from Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, and more.

The program traces the ties between the traditional art form of opera and the modern sounds of mariachi music, exploring the roots of mariachi—from indigenous folk music, African and European influences to the Western classical musical tradition of opera. 

Plus, before and after each concert, attendees can view an exhibit by youth artists from Yollocalli Arts Reach and Benito Juárez Community Academy  in the lobby. A student mariachi ensemble of the Chicago Mariachi Project will be performing after each of the concerts as well!

Here is a sneak preview of this very special event:

 

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