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  • 2014/15 Discovery Series information coming this summer!

Lyric Opera Discovery Series made possible by support from the Katherine A. Abelson Educational Endowment Fund.

The Parsifal Symposium is made possible by generous contributions from Joyce E. Chelberg and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wood II.

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Discovery Series

Mozart's penultimate opera tosses conflicted characters into a thicket of a plot with music that hints at 19th-century romanticism. Join Matthew Polenzani (Tito), Joyce DiDonato (Sesto), and Sir Andrew Davis as they discuss Mozart's once underappreciated two-act opera seria.

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RUSALKA Discovery Series

Water nymph Rusalka falls in love with a mortal and there are dire consequences in this sensual Czech fairytale. Ana María Martínez (Rusalka), Brandon Jovanovich (Prince), and conductor Sir Andrew Davis reveal the subtleties and intricacies of Dvořák’s best-known opera.

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The Barber of Seville Discovery Series

Jack-of-all-trades barber gets into the thick of things with a starry-eyed young couple and a lecherous old uncle. Alek Shrader (Almaviva), Isabel Leonard (Rosina), and conductor Michele Mariotti talk about Rossini’s comedic gift to us all.

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Die Fledermaus Discovery Series

Extreme flirting, lots of champagne and the music of Johann Strauss, Jr. Die Fledermaus is one of the greatest of all operettas. Bo Skovhus (Eisenstein), Juliane Banse (Rosalinde), Daniela Fally (Adele), director E. Loren Meeker, and conductor Ward Stare engage in a lively conversation on the ever-popular work.

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La Traviata Discovery Series

A tale of a courtesan with a heart of gold and a young man from a proper family, who are forced to deal with a very cruel world. Marina Rebeka (Violetta), Joseph Calleja (Alfredo), and Quinn Kelsey (Germont) join conductor Massimo Zanetti and director Arin Arbus to discuss this Verdi masterpiece.

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Parsifal Discovery Series

Parsifal is an enigmatic work by the greatest of all German opera composers. Join John Caird, the director of this new production, set designer Johan Engels, and Lyric Opera dramaturg Roger Pines for a discussion of Wagner’s last opera.

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Madama Butterfly Discovery Series

Puccini’s East-meets-West heartbreaker is one of the most popular operas of all time. Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San), James Valenti (Pinkerton), and conductor Marco Armiliato discuss how this early 20th century blockbuster engages us on many different levels. Moderated by dramaturg Roger Pines.

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Otello Discovery Series

Shakespeare’s searing drama is made more intense by Verdi’s music. Enjoy this discussion with Johan Botha (Otello), Ana María Martínez (Desdemona), and conductor Bertrand de Billy. Moderated by dramaturg Roger Pines.

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