With four masterpieces in four languages, Lyric’s sampler series is a perfect introduction to opera.
Ana María Martínez, Albina Shagimuratova, Ekaterina Gubanova, Matthew Polenzani
Are you new to opera? Do you want to explore it in the most exciting way possible? If so, look no further! Lyric has created four different series that bring you four of the greatest operas ever written. Whether in Italian, French, German, or Russian, each opera is full of music and drama that you’ll never forget. Together they make a spectacular introduction to the most thrilling of all the live performing arts.
Lyric makes it easy to enjoy these great operas. You can choose from Wednesdays (Series B2), Tuesdays (E1, E3) or Saturdays (F1), saving up to 40% off the cost of single tickets!
Italian opera is represented by Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, with all the dazzling singing you could ever want. Every high soprano longs to sing Lucia, the Scottish lass in love with her family’s enemy. She’s betrayed by her brother and, after being forced into a politically advantageous marriage, she goes mad and kills her bridegroom on their wedding night! Her music — and everyone else’s in this opera — is glorious, culminating in the mad scene, which will leave you breathless. With Russian star Albina Shagimuratova and one of today’s finest tenors, Poland’s Piotr Beczala, Lucia is going to be stupendous!
Lucia di Lammermoor, Sextet (John Osborn, Elena Mosuc, et al)
Lucia di Lammermoor, Mad Scene (Albina Shagimuratova – audio only)
Prince Tamino and Papageno, a birdcatcher, go on a harrowing journey, searching for Pamina, a captive princess. These wonderful characters all figure prominently in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, an opera for everyone. Whether in the high-flying revenge aria of the Queen of the Night, Pamina’s ruthless mother, the bass depths of the Queen’s nemesis Sarastro, the noble high priest, the folksy melodies of Papageno, or the soulful music of Tamino and Pamina, the music is enthralling. This opera is funny, heartbreaking, exhilarating, touching, and in the end, totally life-enhancing. A cast of irresistible Mozartians — including Andrew Staples, Matthew Polenzani, Christiane Karg, and Adam Plachetka — will be onstage in Neil Armfield’s delightful new production.(Even though the characters’ names sound Italian, this final opera by the pride of Austria is sung in German.)
The Magic Flute, complete opera (Salzburg Festival performance)
The Magic Flute, complete opera (Royal Opera House-Covent Garden performance)
You’ll thrill to Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the most universally beloved of all Russian operas. From the composer who gave the world Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, Onegin is a miracle of beautiful heartstopping melodies and devastating emotion. Tatiana, an impressionable country girl, writes a letter to the sophisticated young Onegin declaring her love. He rejects her, but years later he sees her again — now the wife of a prince — and realizes he loves her! The story unfolds through an ever-fresh score, with characters created by Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin. Mariusz Kwiecień and Ana María Martínez lead Lyric’s unbeatable cast in Robert Carsen’s extraordinarily insightful production.
Eugene Onegin, Onegin’s Act I aria (Mariusz Kwiecień)
Eugene Onegin, Final Scene (Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky)
Finally, there’s the most famous French opera, Bizet’s Carmen, with its gypsy heroine, blazing with allure and white-hot passion! She seduces a young corporal, Don José, who deserts the army for her only to have her discard him in favor of a sexy bullfighter. The deadly confrontation at the end is one of the most powerfully dramatic finales in all of opera! This score boasts one terrific aria after another, lively choruses, and wonderful orchestral music. Lyric’s two leading couples — Ekaterina Gubanova and Joseph Calleja, Anita Rachvelishvili and Brandon Jovanovich — will prove that there’s nothing like Carmen — it’s eternally fresh, vibrant, and totally electrifying.
Carmen, Seguidilla (Anita Rachvelishvili)
Carmen, Toreador Song (José van Dam – audio only)
Take our fun (totally non-scientific) quiz to help you determine which show best fits your personality! Which drink do you normally order at a bar? What vacation spot would you most love to visit? Just answer a few short questions and we’ll tell you which show we think you would enjoy the most!