April 23, 2021

Lyric Family Favorites: April 23

When Lyric’s opening night gala went virtual last fall, we knew it had to be something special. While lighting and decor helped set the scene for an elegant event, what made it truly memorable were the outstanding performances. We certainly won’t forget when soprano Ailyn Pérez sang "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" from La rondine, sending those glorious high notes soaring past the golden chandeliers. It’s hard not to feel a little glamorous just watching this clip.

Plus, tune in for a virtual concert honoring the life of Daniel Catán, composer of Florencia en el Amazonas, celebrate Shakepeare’s birthday by reading up on operas inspired by his work, check out our weekly streaming blog, and listen to a full Lyric performance of Rigoletto.

A celebration of composer Daniel Catán

Opera America hosts a free virtual concert  in memory of Daniel Catán (1949-2011), the celebrated Mexican composer who died ten years ago. Ana María Martínez, Ramón Vargas, and more will perform excerpts from his works.

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10 Shakespeare-inspired operas you should know

Not only was Shakespeare one of the most famous playwrights ever to set pen to paper, but his work has inspired some of the best-known operas performed today. In honor of the Bard’s birthday April 23, take a spin through some of these works with this article from WFMT.

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Listen to Lyric’s Rigoletto

Lyric’s 2017 production of Rigoletto is now available to listen to in its entirety. If you’re not familiar with the opera, start with the beloved aria “Caro nome che il mio cor,” which will have you humming along for days.

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Photo from Lyric’s 2018 production of La bohème

Week of April 26: Streaming opportunities

Find full-length opera performances from around the web, plus supplementary content including Lyric’s audio commentaries in our weekly streaming guide.

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Lyric Opera of Chicago