Lyric Opera of Chicago names dynamic Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola as Lyric’s next music director.

Mazzola is only the third person to serve in this role at Lyric following Sir Andrew Davis, who celebrates his 20th year at the helm and will complete his tenure with Lyric’s 2020/21 season, formally “passing the baton” to Mazzola for the 2021/22 season.

Introducing: Enrique Mazzola

Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis

Enrique Mazzola

Eminent Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola has been named as Lyric’s music director designate, effective immediately, and will become Lyric’s music director beginning with the 2021/22 season. Lyric audiences first experienced Mazzola’s artistry when he conducted Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor here in 2016/17, and when he returned for Bellini’s I puritani in 2017/18. In Lyric’s 2019/20 season he leads Verdi’s Luisa Miller to launch the company’s early Verdi series.

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Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. Since his debut engagement here in the 1987/88 season, he has led 674 opera performances plus nine special concerts at Lyric, and the majority of Lyric’s free concerts in Millennium Park. He plans to conclude his two-decade-long tenure at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Read Sir Andrew Davis’s full bio

Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. Since his debut engagement here in the 1987/88 season, he has led 674 opera performances plus nine special concerts at Lyric, and the majority of Lyric’s free concerts in Millennium Park. He plans to conclude his two-decade-long tenure at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Read Sir Andrew Davis’s full bio

I am thrilled that Enrique Mazzola has accepted Lyric’s invitation to become our next music director,

He has accrued a wealth of international experience in his career to date, and he is tremendously well liked and respected by the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. I am confident that our audiences and the people of Chicago will be captivated by his artistry, his charm and personality, as has certainly been the case during his initial engagements here in the past few years. I look forward with great excitement to working very closely with Enrique. Our artistic partnership has already started, and is proving both very fruitful and extremely enjoyable.”

Anthony Freud
General Director, President & CEO 

See Enrique Mazzola this Season at Lyric:

Giuseppe Verdi

Luisa Miller

October 12 - 31, 2019

Verdi’s sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s own father loathes. The young couple’s relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including “Quando le sere al placido,” one of the composer’s greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric’s first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.

See Sir Andrew Davis this Season at Lyric:

Gioachino Rossini

The Barber of Seville

September 28 - October 27, 2019

Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who’s going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini’s music—the aural equivalent of champagne—is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of all operatic comedies.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Queen of Spades

February 15 - March 1, 2020

Tchaikovsky’s broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess—the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman’s obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess’s granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky’s music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra—a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.

The Ring Cycle

Join us for an extraordinary story told over the journey of four operas. Together, they comprise Wagner’s magnificent Ring cycle, one of the greatest musical achievements in Western culture and an immersive operatic adventure that every opera lover should experience.