April 02, 2021
Lyric Family Favorites: April 2
The story of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most influential love stories ever written, is a perfect match for gorgeous, romantic music. Gounod’s operatic adaptation delivers, particularly with four soaring duets sung by the title characters. But what is a good love story without tragedy and loss to intensify the passion? In this scene, Romeo's best friend Mercutio has just been slain by Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, and though he is struck with despair, his aria “O jour de deuil” is full of resolute defiance to see his beloved Juliet once more. Tenor Joseph Calleja’s voice soars above the orchestra and chorus in this moving scene.
Plus, get ready for Attila Highlights in Concert with Enrique Mazzola’s Breaking Down the Score, watch the first installment of The Sonata Sessions, see Ana María Martínez and Denis Vélez sing “Estrellita,” listen to a full stream of The Queen of Spades, and find more to watch in our weekly streaming guide.
Breaking Down the Score
Attila Highlights in Concert premieres Sunday, April 11, and Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola is here to walk you through each of the twelve musical numbers of Verdi’s early masterpiece. Watch the series now so you’ll be ready to dive in with us on the premiere date and beyond.
The Sonata Sessions
Discover Rossini’s beautiful, lesser-known string quartets, performed by an expanded string ensemble featuring members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Watch the first sonata now, and check back in as we release new installments each week.
In one of the most memorable moments from Pasión Latina, the voices of sopranos Ana María Martínez and Denis Vélez come together in gorgeous harmony, singing Miguel Ponce’s beloved song “Estrellita.”
Week of April 5: Streaming opportunities
Lyric Opera Streaming On Demand: The Queen of Spades
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades (2020) is one of several Lyric Opera productions you can now listen to on demand. Choose your favorite streaming service and read up on the background of this masterpiece with our synopsis, digital program notes, and more.
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