Lyric Family Favorites: April 10

During times like these, it’s hard not to dream about travel. So many plans, big and small, have been put on hold as we stay in our homes – whether it was spring break or a big vacation, a wedding or graduation with loved ones, or even just taking a short drive to share a meal with friends and family. We’re all looking forward to the moment when we can venture beyond our walls and our yards together for more than a short jaunt to the grocery store.

So this week, we’re here to transport you, as only opera can do. We’re visiting the faraway land of Ceylon, where The Pearl Fishers is set, and you’ll hear tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nadir and baritone Mariusz Kwiecień as Zurga in the heartfelt duet “Au fond du temple saint,” recounting the moment they both fell in love with the same beautiful, veiled priestess. Lyric extends our warmest thanks to our union partners for allowing us to share some extended-length clips during this time!

               

             

People of Lyric Opera

Meet Costume Director Maureen Reilly

“Everyone needs to feel good in their costume,” says Lyric’s dynamic and talented costume director Maureen Reilly, who leads the charge on making sure that happens for every show. Hear Maureen talk about her favorite moments in a Lyric career that has stretched more than 30 seasons.

 

      

Making beautiful music…from home!

The work continues: Ryan Opera Center artists

Lyric is fortunate to have one of the most esteemed training programs for emerging opera artists in the world in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Though ensemble members aren’t onsite at Lyric these days, their development as artists is moving full speed ahead. Enjoy these performances they’ve shared!

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 Lyric Opera Chorus listening recommendations

A playlist of spectacular choral hits

There’s nothing like the sound of a fabulous, live operatic chorus blowing your hair back with glorious sound as part of the drama and spectacle that is grand opera. Nobody knows that better than the wonderful artists in the Lyric Opera Chorus, who have put together a playlist of some of their favorite operatic choruses for you to enjoy on Spotify.

TURN UP THE MUSIC!

     

Enjoy opera from home

Hear Renée Fleming in signature roles

If you’re missing live performance as much as we are, it might be music to your ears to hear that celebrated soprano and Lyric’s own Special Projects Consultant Renée Fleming will be featured in a number of online streams during the upcoming week. Enjoy her in Arabella from April 12-14 with Salzburg Easter Festival; in Der Rosenkavalier with Vienna State Opera on April 16; and at the Metropolitan Opera in Rusalka (April 13) and Der Rosenkavalier (April 19). Lyric is posting our own original commentaries to complement the Met broadcasts — enjoy!

I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands, and celebrate all the arts.

Franco Zeffirelli

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg