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Bel Canto World Premiere Opera


The Creation of a World Premiere

Join the Bel Canto creative team as they discuss the evolution of an original opera.

Lyric Unlimited presents a panel discussion on the creation of an original opera including Bel Canto composer Jimmy López and librettist Nilo Cruz, director Kevin Newbury, conductor and Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis, and soprano Danielle de Niese, moderated by Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines.
This event is supported by the Katherine A. Abelson Educational Endowment Fund.

View our online Bel Canto opera guide (PDF for printing) to learn more about the creation of this world premiere.

An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Bel Canto Composer Jimmy López

Sunday, November 8 at 2pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago
Join us for an afternoon of chamber music performed by members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, curated and hosted by Jimmy López, composer of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere production of Bel Canto. This concert will feature music by Bach, Stravinsky, Grisey, and López.

Performers: Jennifer Bouton Schaub, flute; Gene Collerd, clarinet*; Carol Cook, viola; Paul Dwyer, cello; Patrick Godon, piano*; Bing Grant, violin; Kay Kim, piano*; William Koehler, piano*; Ann Palen, violin; Walter Preucil, cello; Mary Stolper, flute*; Andrea Swan, piano*; Susan Warner, clarinet; Eric Weimer, conductor; Heather Wittels, violin
*guest artist with Lyric Opera Orchestra members

Bel Canto: From Page to Stage

A Conversation with Bel Canto author Ann Patchett and Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming

Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm

Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Lyric Opera creative consultant and Bel Canto curator Renée Fleming and Bel Canto author Ann Patchett discuss the journey involved in transforming a best-selling novel about an operatic diva into a Lyric Opera of Chicago world premiere.

In partnership with Chicago Public Library.

Bring Your Book Club to Bel Canto

 If you're a lover of great stories, consider reading Ann Patchett's best-selling novel Bel Canto this fall, and share the experience through a book club. Whether you're already part of a book club, or want to encourage a group of friends to read this page-turning drama together, Lyric has the discussion and background tools to help you make the most of it. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts on opera tickets, plus the opportunity to attend one of two complimentary pre-show receptions for book clubs on December 10 or January 5. Group leaders also receive a free copy of Bel Canto.

Learn more at and view the Bel Canto Book Club Discussion Guide (or download the PDF for printing). 

If you already have a group, email to book your opera tickets today!

Lyric Opera world premiere of López’s Bel Canto generously made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Helen and Sam Zell, Ethel and William Gofen, Ada and Whitney Addington, the Walter E. Heller Foundation, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bel Canto was created with funds from the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, which was awarded to Jimmy López and Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013.

Lyric Opera’s Bel Canto: A World Premiere Experience series is made possible by support from The Wallace Foundation.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Hurvis Family Foundation.

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