February 2017 Lyric Notes

February Lyric Notes

Welcome to Lyric Notes, Lyric Opera of Chicago's eNewsletter!

It's February at Lyric, and we're gearing up for the biggest night in Chicago music this weekend, when Lyric's Chicago Voices Concert takes the stage on Saturday, February 4 with a thrilling cast of artists. Lyric's own Renée Fleming, singer/songwriter John Prine, “Queen of Blues” Shemekia Copeland, Broadway’s Jessie Mueller and more will light up the stage. Select seats are still available to this once-in-a-lifetime tribute celebrating our city and our music!
Enjoy articles this month on Norma, which opened last weekend to rave reviews, and get to know the men of Carmen. We'll welcome back Ana María Martínez and Mariusz Kwiecień in Eugene Onegin at the opera house and Lawrence Brownlee in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Harris Theater, and we'll introduce you to the stunning, newly-announced cast for My Fair Lady.  Plus, the stars come out this spring with recitals and concerts – Plácido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Eric Owens, and more!

Reviews of Norma at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Norma is Not To Be Missed

After a 20-year hiatus, Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma is back at Lyric in a new production that’s getting rave reviews. Here’s a sampling to whet your appetite.

Stars of Lyric Opera's Eugene Onegin

Onegin's Dazzling Duo

Mariusz Kwiecień and Ana María Martínez return Lyric as the sophisticated title character and the lovesick Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s glorious Eugene Onegin.

My Fair Lady Cast

My Fair Lady's Fab Five

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady needs a remarkable quintet of singing actors in the major roles, and Lyric’s got them! Each has scored terrific successes — whether onstage or onscreen — that make them the ideal leading players of our production.

Don Joses in Lyric Opera's Carmen

Meet the Don Josés to our Carmens!

Last month you met the Carmens. Now it’s time to meet the two world-renowned tenors who will be vying for Carmen’s heart as Don José during Lyric’s new-to-Chicago production of the classic tale of seduction, love, and betrayal.

Yardbird February Notes

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird is Headed to Chicago!

In 2015, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird premiered at Opera Philadelphia and soon went on to become the first opera ever performed at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Now, it’s headed to the Windy City, and Chicago audiences will experience firsthand the opera that has critics and fans alike raving.

Guild Board Backstage Tours

Journey Into the Heart of Opera with Lyric's Annual Premium Tours - From Just $45 Starting Feb. 12!

Explore the complexity of opera production behind the curtain of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Your two-and-a-half-hour, 10-stop walking tour will be guided by professional staff and trained volunteers, and will be full of interesting discussions and demonstrations by experts in various staging areas.

Spring Events at Lyric Opera

Spring Events You Can’t Miss: Plácido Domingo, Lawrence Brownlee, Eric Owens, and Itzhak Perlman!

Everyone knows that Lyric presents a glorious main stage season, with eight grand operas that never cease to inspire and amaze. Did you know that Lyric also presents a variety of programming that explores opera in its different forms and gives audiences access to some of the biggest stars in classical music?

Lyric OperaBus

Upcoming Events and Lyric News

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events and activities!


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