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Lyric Libations: ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE

Posted 10/3/2017

Lyric Libations: Orphée et Eurydice Tequila and lime, gin and tonic, opera and ballet...Sometimes the most simple combination can turn into something truly magical. Celebrate the first collaboration between Lyric Opera and The Joffrey Ballet with these Orphée et Eurydice-inspired cocktail recipes and see Gluck's baroque masterpiece through October 15.   ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE Reviver Cocktail   ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE Amour's Promise Cocktail

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Categories: 2017/18 Season 2016/17 Season

Tags: Just for Fun

Lyric 101: Dos and Don'ts

Posted 9/22/2017

Lyric 101: Dos and Don'ts Here’s a short list of do’s and don’ts to make your Lyric Opera experience one to remember... Do: Come in with an open mind. Immerse yourself in the world created onstage, a world where dragons are real and true love can conquer everything — even death. Bring friends. Be a Lyric ambassador by sharing your love of opera with the ones you love. Who knows, you may just get a permanent opera buddy out of it! We recommend starting with Turandot and easing them into Wagner. Get to the opera house early. In addition to attending the pre-opera talk, getting to Lyric early gives you time to relax and beat the rush. Take your time...

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Categories: 2017/18 Season Opera Experience

Tags: Opera Experience

Lyric 101: What to Wear to the Opera

Posted 9/21/2017

Lyric 101: What to Wear to the Opera One of the most common questions we receive here at Lyric is “How should I dress?” Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled this handy list of frequently asked questions and answers so you’ll know exactly what to wear on your next outing to Lyric. via GIPHY Do I have to wear a tux/ball gown? Oftentimes, when people picture a night at the opera they picture ball gowns, top hats, diamonds, and fur coats — not always easy when you’re coming from the office or hopping off the train. Fortunately, nowadays, this isn’t the case. A night at the opera can be as casual or as dressy as you like. On most nights at Lyric,...

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Categories: 2017/18 Season Opera Experience

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Lyric 101: Getting Around

Posted 9/20/2017

Lyric 101: Getting Around Situated on the Chicago River, the Lyric Opera House is just as beautiful as the operas that take place on its stage. However, it’s easy to understand how someone can feel overwhelmed during their first visit. That’s why we’ve created this handy beginner’s guide to help you get around! Lyric Opera of Chicago has called this historic building home since 1954. Its elaborate design reflects the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles that were popular at the time of its construction. The 3,563-seat auditorium features impeccable sightlines, with no obstructed views of the largest stage in the city of Chicago. Upon walking into the Daniel F. and Ada L....

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Categories: 2017/18 Season Opera Experience

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A Romantic Night at the Opera

Posted 9/8/2017

A Romantic Night at the Opera Looking for a romantic date night? Look no further! Though operatic tales of love don’t always end well, Lyric’s 2017/18 season features several couples who live happily ever after. Kicking off the season on September 23rd is Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice; the story of a man who goes to great lengths — all the way to the Hades — to reclaim his lost love. When Orpheus’ wife, Eurydice, tragically dies, Cupid appears and offers him the chance to bring her back to life under one condition: he is now allowed to look at her on their journey from the Underworld. Orpheus, however, breaks his promise to Cupid, turning around at...

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Categories: 2017/18 Season

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National Respect for Parents Day

Posted 8/1/2017

National Respect for Parents Day August 1st is National Respect for Parents Day! In the real world, it’s best to heed your parents’ advice, but in opera, they don’t always know best... Rigoletto’s titular character takes protective parenting to the extreme. He forbids his daughter Gilda to leave the house; only allowing her to attend Church on Sundays. After basically living under a rock for her entire life, it’s no wonder that she naively falls victim to the charming Duke. She falls madly in love with him after just one meeting, during which he tells her that he is a student named “Gaultier Maldé.” After overhearing her father’s plot...

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Categories: 2017/18 Season 2016/17 Season

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Winter is Here...Opera Season is Coming

Posted 7/17/2017

Winter is Here...Opera Season is Coming Winter is Here...Opera Season is Coming Sunday night, season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones started off with a bang as millions tuned in to watch the drama unfold. However, with the show drawing to a close in 2018, many fans are left wondering where they’ll turn to satisfy their need for fantasy, drama, and intrigue after the show ends. Fortunately, we know the perfect place to go for all your Game of Thrones needs: Lyric! But what, you ask, does Game of Thrones have in common with our current season? For starters, a really, really close pair of...

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Categories: 2017/18 Season

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Happy National Best Friends Day from Lyric!

Posted 6/7/2017

Happy National Best Friends Day from Lyric! Happy National Best Friends Day from Lyric! To celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the loyal — and often complicated — friendships from the 2016/17 season. In Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, novice priestess Adalgisa finds herself in love with Pollione, a Roman proconsul with whom the high priestess, Norma, has two children. When the two women realize they are in love with the same man, Norma is furious, but Adalgisa tells Norma she would rather die than steal him from her. Best Friends Day - Ovaries before brovaries

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Categories: 2016/17 Season

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MY FAIR LADY: Journey to the Stage

Posted 5/19/2017

MY FAIR LADY: Journey to the Stage Whether it’s an opera or musical, it takes an army of dedicated artists to bring a production to life. Take a peek into the rehearsal room and catch My Fair Lady onstage through Sunday, May 21! Take a look back at the first day of rehearsals. This production features 16 principal actors, an ensemble of 40, and 14 dancers! Many of these artists met for the first time just weeks before they would have to step onstage for the first performance. Our cast and orchestra were hard at work for weeks on end. Here is a glimpse into the rehearsal room, just before the production was moved to the stage for a final week of rehearsals.

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Categories: Backstage Life

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Interview with April Busch

Posted 4/10/2017

Interview with April Busch April Busch April Busch Production Manager What is your role here at Lyric, and how long have you held the position? I have been the Production Manager here at Lyric for 4 years. I negotiate contracts for the designers of our productions and help plan their schedules. I also handle communication within the company if there are any special events occurring in the building, like board meetings or photo shoots. Anytime someone needs to have the crew (stage crew, wigs, makeup, wardrobe, props, carpenters, sound, and electricians) involved in something that isn’t on...

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Interview with Brian Traynor

Posted 4/3/2017

Interview with Brian Traynor Brian Traynor Brian Traynor Charge Artist    What is your role here at Lyric, and how long have you held the position? I’ve been at Lyric since the 1998/99 season and I am the Charge Artist. It’s my job to make sure the finishes on the scenery, props, and costumes for a production are visually appropriate for the concept the designers and director have in mind. For instance, if we need to make rebels the for a new production of Carmen look like they’ve been in mountains for months, or soldiers in Bel Canto appear as though they’ve...

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Categories: Backstage Life

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