Rising Stars in Concert

Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

CHICAGO (1/24/2022) – The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its annual Rising Stars in Concert on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the Lyric Opera House. We are excited to welcome audiences back to the theater for this seasonal highlight.

Rising Stars in Concert will feature all thirteen artists of the 2021/22 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble performing with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra under the direction of Lyric’s music director, Enrique Mazzola. Curated by Mazzola, the program will center on the music of Jacques Offenbach and other French Romantic-era repertoire. The concert is a celebration of the Ensemble’s many accomplishments throughout their Ryan Opera Center tenures and a unique showcase performance for these soon-to-be world-renowned artists.

“From my first visit to Lyric in 2016, I knew that I wanted to work in close collaboration with the Ensemble, not only to share my knowledge and experience but also to receive knowledge and inspiration in return,” says Mazzola. “The Ryan Opera Center is an extraordinary asset that is close to my heart, and I am thrilled to share the stage with these artists.”

Rising Stars in Concert audience members will enjoy performances by sopranos Mathilda EdgeMaria Novella Malfatti and Denis Vélez; mezzo-sopranos Katherine BeckKatherine DeYoung and Kathleen Felty; tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam; baritone Leroy Davis; basses Rivers Hawkins and Anthony Reed; pianist Chris Reynolds; and conductor/pianist Donald Lee III. The concert will be directed by Kristine McIntyre, in her Lyric debut.

Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members are making their marks on the Lyric stage in every production this season, whether serving as understudies in major roles or performing supporting roles throughout an opera's run. Lyric audiences have had many opportunities to experience the promising talent of the 2021/22 Ensemble, and will continue to do so in Puccini’s Tosca, and the Chicago premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones an opera by Terence Blanchard, based on the book by Charles M. Blow with libretto by Kasi Lemmons.

Katherine BeckLeroy DavisMathilda EdgeKathleen FeltyRivers HawkinsMaria Novella Malfatti, and Anthony Reed will conclude their tenure with the Ryan Opera Center at the end of the Lyric season to pursue full-time careers nationally and internationally.

The Ensemble members who will return to the program for 2022/23 include: Martin Luther ClarkKatherine DeYoungLunga Eric HallamDenis Vélez, pianist Chris Reynolds and conductor/pianist Donald Lee III.

Rising Stars in Concert is generously sponsored by Lead Sponsor Donna Van Eekeren Foundation with additional support from Sponsors Dr. Scholl FoundationSue & Melvin GrayChauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family FoundationPatricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O'LearyPhilip G. Lumpkin, the Thierer Family Foundation, and Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel.

Rising Stars in Concert
 is being recorded for broadcast on 98.7WFMT and streaming on wfmt.com on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 7pm. The radio broadcast is sponsored by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.

RSVP for press tickets 

Lyric donors of $50 and above are invited to reserve two complimentary tickets in premium access seating for Rising Stars in Concert. To make a donation, visit lyricopera.org/supportroc and to secure tickets, visit Rising Stars in Concert 2022.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago thanks its Official Airline, American Airlines.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola, and Special Project Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. We also stand committed to training the artists of the future, through The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to becoming increasingly diverse across our audiences, staff, programming, and artists—magnifying the welcoming pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

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