For the Love of Lyric Concert

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This September, Lyric is excited to present the world premiere of a unique, free virtual concert from the stage of the Lyric Opera House.

The starry lineup is led by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming and features special guests, including Tony Award® and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-actress Heather Headley, soprano Ailyn Pérez, bass Soloman Howard, and mezzo-soprano and Ryan Opera Center alumna J'Nai Bridges, with Doug Peck serving as music director. Members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and members of the Chicago Children's Choir will also perform in this enlightening and entertaining program of familiar and revelatory selections from the worlds of opera, Broadway, popular music, and some surprising sources.

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Program Notes

For the love of music. For the love of passion. For the love of the moment when we'll all be enjoying performances together again. For the Love of Lyric. We invite you to learn more about the artists and their selections, and we hope that your time with us moves you, lifts you up, and reminds you of how wonderful it will be when we can come together again in the opera house once again.

Streaming Guide

For live English translations, we recommend turning on closed captions. For more tips and tricks to improve your viewing experience, visit our streaming guide.

How to watch For the Love of Lyric as a family

For the Love of Lyric is the perfect concert to introduce a young person in your life to music and theater! To help you, we have created a special, printable family streaming guide for you to use as you watch For the Love of Lyric. With the family streaming guide, your kids can learn more about the performers and their music selections, dive into activities that will test their music knowledge, and play interactive games sure to inspire imagination as they watch.

For the Love of Lyric Commentary

Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines provides colorful commentaries on the pieces you'll hear in the concert. Listen before you watch for some helpful background and context on the program. 

Roger Pines
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Renée Fleming


Heather Headley


Ailyn Pérez


J'Nai Bridges+


Julia Bullock*


Doug Peck

Music Director

Members of the Chicago Children’s Choir

+ Ryan Opera Center alumni
* Lyric debut

Event sponsors



Rebecca and Lester Knight
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.
Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan
Liz Stiffel

Mrs. John V. Crowe
Cate and Jim Denny

The Crown Family
Ethel and William Gofen
Harris Family Foundation/Caryn and King Harris/Pam Friend Szokol
Caroline and Charlie Huebner
Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel
Silvia Beltrametti Krehbiel and Jay Krehbiel
Jim and Kay Mabie
Mimi and Todd Mitchell
H. Gael Neeson

John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn
Nancy S. Searle
Dr. Cynthia V. Stauffacher
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation

Photo: Scott Suchman