April 30, 2021

Lyric Family Favorites: April 30

Beautiful melodies have a way of sticking with us, even if we can’t remember where we’ve heard them. If the melody in “La ricordanza” sounds especially familiar, you might be remembering it from Bellini’s I puritani, where it becomes the centerpiece of Elvira's celebrated mad scene, epitomizing Bellini's unique expressive eloquence. We hope you enjoy this excerpt from Sole e Amore, in which first-year Ryan Opera Center tenor Lunga Eric Hallam performs this gorgeous song with Maestro Enrique Mazzola on piano.

Then, see how Rossini came to write his six sonatas for strings at the tender age of 12, listen to a full recording of Lyric’s 2016 production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and find more opera to enjoy from around the web with our weekly streaming blog.

Behind the Rossini Sonatas

If you’ve been watching our virtual series The Sonata Sessions, you might not have guessed that the composer Gioachino Rossini was only 12 years old when he wrote these brilliant pieces. Read on to find out how the budding young composer created these six string sonatas.

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Listen to Lucia di Lammermoor

Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia will break your heart while sending spectacular coloratura and high notes soaring in the most famous of all bel canto operas, Bellini’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Listen whenever you like with Lyric Audio Streaming.

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Week of May 3: 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: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg, Lyric Opera of Chicago