Lyric Opera of Chicago

2012/13 Podcasts


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Rigoletto Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #131

One of Verdi's defining operas, Rigoletto is a fountain of memorable melodies, while its suject matter involves moral depravity, licentiousness, and plenty of emotional devastation. Be there when Giuseppe Filianoti (the Duke of Mantua), conductor Evan Rogister, and director Stephen Barlow delve into this Verdi favorite

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #130

Twenty-four hours in 16th-century Nürnberg on the longest day of the year. That's the when and where of Wagner's comedy. But there is much more—after all, it's Wagner! Join James Morris, Johan Botha, Bo Skovhus, Sir Andrew Davis, and director Marie Lambert as they discuss the opera that Paderewski called "the greatest work of genius ever achieved by any artist in any field of human endeavor."

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La Bohème Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #129

Some people say La Bohème is a comedy with a sad ending; for others, it's a heavenly romance. Regardless of how it's viewed, it's the most popular opera of all time! Ana María Martínez (Mimì), Dimitri Pittas (Rodolfo), and conductor Emmanuel Villaume talk about this melody-filled Puccini jewel.

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Hansel & Gretel Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #128

We all know the children's story of two kids getting lost in the woods and happening upon a witch who lives in a gingerbread house. But the opera, especially this production, goes much deeper into the characters and their motivations. Elizabeth DeShong (Hansel), Maria Kanyova (Gretel), and general director Anthony Freud give you the what's-what on this late-Romantic classic.

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Don Pasquale Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #127

What's funnier than an old codger smitten with a beautiful young woman? That's the plot of this Donizetti comedy. But there's much more to it! Hear director Sir Thomas Allen, conductor Stephen Lord, and Marlis Petersen (Norina) discuss this comedy with a heart.

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Werther Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #126

One of the great romantic tragedies, Werther is a story of love, hope, and finally, despair. This production of the Massenet masterwork is directed by Francisco Negrin, who dazzled us last season with his Rinaldo. For this Discovery session he's joined by Matthew Polenzani (Werther) and Sophie Koch (Charlotte) in a thoughtful discussion of the opera that's based on the classic Goethe novel.

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Simon Boccanegra Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #125

Hear Ferruccio Furlanetto explain the intricacies and delights of one of Verdi's most sublime scores.

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Elektra Discovery Series

Backstage at Lyric #124

Christine Goerke, Emily Magee, Jill Grove, and conductor Sir Andrew Davis discuss this musically complex psychological thrill-ride.

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Elektra

commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin

Elektra
by Richard Strauss

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

Simon Boccanegra

commentary by Roger Pines

Simon Boccanegra
by Giuseppe Verdi

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound records of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

Werther

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin

Werther
by Jules Massenet

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

Don Pasquale

commentary by Roger Pines

Don Pasquale
by Gaetano Donizetti

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

Hansel + Gretel

commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin

Hansel and Gretel
by Engelbert Humperdinck

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Commentary

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
by Richard Wagner

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

 

La Bohème

commentary by Jesse Gram

La Bohème
by Giacomo Puccini

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

Rigoletto

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin

Rigoletto
by Giuseppe Verdi

© 2012/13 Lyric Opera Commentaries 2012 Lyric Opera of Chicago
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics, courtesy of Angel Records, a division of Capitol Records. All rights reserved. Produced by Mark Travis. Daniel Goldberg, Associate Producer.

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2012/13 Season

Audio Preview

Sir Andrew Davis Lyric's music director, introduces the 2012-13 season, including commentary and musical highlights from all nine operas.

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