Lyric Opera  Commentaries to accompany your streaming experiences

As we all adjust to a world temporarily without live performance, we are excited to highlight our friends at opera houses around the world who are streaming some of our favorite productions on their websites. In addition to the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Streams, you’ll see productions from the Royal Opera House, Opera Australia, LA Opera, and more! These presentations provide a great opportunity to enjoy the majesty of opera within the comforts of your home.

To enhance your enjoyment of these broadcasts, we have compiled our popular Lyric Opera Commentaries as a way for you to get the most out of your time watching. They’re informative, fun, and about 30 minutes in length. Learn about the synopsis, music, and some historical insight into how each piece was created. Bring the fun of a Pre-Opera Talk to your home.

Enjoy the commentaries and enjoy the operas!

Week of January 18

Week of January 11

Week of January 4

Week of December 28

Week of December 21

Week of December 14

Week of December 7 

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Subscribe to Lyric's 2021 Season

At Lyric, you’re enthralled, replenished, and
inspired by must-see, must-hear live performances.

Through the timeless power of voice, acting that brings characters to life in triumph and tragedy, the splendor of a great orchestra and chorus—coupled with theater, dance, design, and truly magical stagecraft—Lyric transports you to worlds both familiar and unexpected, leaving us all thinking and feeling differently long after the curtain comes down. Don’t miss a moment: secure your place for Lyric’s 2021 Season of grand opera, chamber opera, special events, and musical theater.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg

Music used in Lyric Commentaries is provided courtesy of Warner Classics, the Official Education and Promotion Music Provider of Lyric Opera of Chicago.