Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim!
American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim turns 89 years old today! As everyone at Lyric is poised to start rehearsal for West Side Story (onstage May 3 - June 2), today offers the perfect chance to reflect upon the career and contributions of one of the artists who created this ground-breaking work.
With an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards -- including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater -- seven Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Broadway theatre named after him,...
Cheers to 25 Years!
Another opera season is drawing to a close, but you don’t have to wait until the fall to hear some of your favorite artists. On March 23, opera stars and special guests from around the country gather to celebrate the career and artistry of the “People’s Diva,” Renée Fleming. Hear Lawrence Brownlee, Tituss Burgess, Quinn Kelsey, Eric Owens, Sondra Radvanovsky, Christian Van Horn, the 2018/19 Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, and the Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Patrick Summers perform works from The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Falstaff, Rusalka, The Merry...
Modern Match - Elektra
Spend enough time watching Netflix and, sooner enough, it starts to recommend content using what can only be described as mind-reading. Television shows featuring a strong female lead? Sign me up! Political/revenge dramas? I’m hooked! But to binge-watch something – to invest time and emotions in a story – it must have the greatest actors, thrilling plot twists, and an undercurrent of psychological sizzle that keeps viewers clicking. In short, it must follow the formula that Richard Strauss used more than a century ago in Elektra.
What makes Elektra so compelling? The title character, to start. Elektra is opera’s anti-hero, one who elicits horror and pity in equal...