Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric's annual gift to Chicago

For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2013 

Lyric Opera’s annual gift to Chicago!

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” free concert
Performance begins 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7
Program features selections from Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Otello, Il trovatore, Lohengrin, and Béatrice et Bénédict
Featured artists include
Ana María Martínez, Albina Shagimuratova, James Valenti, Evan Boyer,
and members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center,
with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Ward Stare, conductor Michael Black, chorus master

Lead Sponsor: Liz Stiffel
Lead Corporate Sponsor: closerlook, inc.
Cosponsors: an Anonymous Donor, AT&T, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP,
Christine and Paul Branstad Family Foundation, Rhoda L. and Henry S. Frank,
Greg and Annie Jones/The Edgewater Funds, and the Music Performance and Film Funds

Presented in cooperation with the City of Chicago and Millennium Park

The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert will be heard live  
on 98.7WFMT and www.wfmt.com as part of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts,  
which are generously sponsored by The Hurvis Charitable Foundation  
with matching funding provided by   
The Matthew Bucksbaum Family and Richard P. and Susan Kiphart     

Check Lyric’s Facebook and Twitter pages   
for live updates throughout the evening of September 7 

On Saturday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m., Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its annual gift to the city, a free outdoor concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The concert annually attracts capacity crowds of 11,000+.

American conductor Ward Stare will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and an array of outstanding soloists:  sopranos Ana María Martínez and Albina Shagimuratova; tenor James Valenti; and bass-baritone Evan BoyerAlso performing will be current Ryan Opera Center ensemble members Laura Wilde, soprano, and Anthony Clark Evans, baritone.

The Lyric Opera Chorus will be  prepared by the company’s returning chorus master, Michael Black, who previously served as Lyric’s chorus master in the 2011/12 season.

“I’m delighted that our magnificent chorus can be so prominently featured in this concert,” says Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director. “Along with our exceptional orchestra and soloists they will be heard by an enormous and appreciative audience, both in the beautiful Pritzker Pavilion and Millennium Park grounds and on the radio broadcast.”

The evening will open with the overture from Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. Several selections from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly follow: “Un bel dì” (Ana María Martínez/Cio-Cio-San), “Addio, fiorito asil” (James Valenti/Pinkerton), the humming chorus (Lyric Opera Chorus), and “Bimba, bimba non piangere” (Martínez, Valenti, and Laura Wilde/Suzuki). 

Following intermission, the chorus will be featured in the Preludeto Act Three and Bridal Chorus of Wagner’s Lohengrin, “Fuoco di Gioia” from Verdi’s Otello, and the Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s Il trovatore. The concert will close with Act Three, scene two of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the famed “Mad Scene,” performed by Albina Shagimuratova/Lucia, Evan Boyer/Raimondo, Anthony Clark Evans/Enrico, and the Chorus.

The September 7 free outdoor concert is Lyric’s thirteenth. It will take place in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion,designed by Frank Gehry.

The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park free concert will be carried live on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com.Peter Van de Graaff, 98.7WFMT’s program director and “Through the Night” host, and RogerPines, Lyric’s dramaturg, will host the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert broadcast beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 7.

Additionally, Lyric will post live updates via Facebook and Twitter throughout the evening – www.facebook.com/lyricopera and @LyricOpera.

Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its 59th season on Saturday, October 5. The opera season continues through March 23, 2014, with 67 performances of eight operas: Verdi’s Otello(Oct. 5-Nov. 2), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly(Oct. 15-30, Jan. 11-26), Wagner’s Parsifal(Nov. 9-29), Verdi’s La traviata(Nov. 20-Dec. 20), J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (Dec. 10-Jan. 18), Rossini’s The Barber of Seville(Feb. 1-28), Dvořák’s Rusalka(Feb. 22-March 16), and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito(Mar. 5-23). Following the opera season Lyric will present 17 performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (April 23-May 11).

All of Lyric’s regular-season performances take place at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive at Madison Street in Chicago. There are projected English texts for every opera. Subscriptions are still available; tickets for individual performances will be available August 1. Discounts are available for group tickets. For information on specific performance dates and ticket availability, please call (312) 332-2244 or go to www.lyricopera.org .

Photos available on request: call or email Digital/Media Assets Specialist Carrie Krol: 312-827-5923 or ckrol@lyricopera.org .

###