Lyric Opera of Chicago

Bass Wilbur Pauley to debut with Chicago Bears

Press Release Letterhead
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bear Down, Chicago Bears!!
Internationally renowned bass & Chicago resident
Wilbur Pauley,
appearing in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
at Lyric Opera of Chicago Nov. 19 – Dec. 11,
will debut with the Chicago Bears singing the National Anthem
(in F major) at the Oct. 16 Sunday Night Football game
against the Minnesota Vikings (broadcast live on WBBM-AM radio)

American bass Wilbur Pauley lives in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, just a few miles from Soldier Field, where the longtime Chicagoan will debut singing the National Anthem before the Bears’ big game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 16. The evening game will air on NBC-TV and WBBM-AM radio.

Pauley returns to Lyric in November as the commedia del’arte character Truffaldino in Richard Strauss’s sparkling comedy, Ariadne auf Naxos (a role he also performed at Lyric in 1998 and at Santa Fe Opera). He has sung 23 roles at Lyric since 1992-93; most recently he portrayed Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream here last season. Pauley has appeared in opera productions, on Broadway, and in several concert performances with the New York Philharmonic. He can be heard on more than a dozen film soundtracks, including Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted, and most recently Disney’s Tangled.

Pauley is the founder and music director of Hudson Shad, the internationally acclaimed five-man vocal ensemble that performs everything from classic songs of Broadway, the American West, and fabled crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong to Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins (portraying The Family) and the witty late-1930s repertoire of Germany’s Comedian Harmonists.