August 19, 2022

Lyric Family Favorites: August 19

Part of what makes a great opera production so mesmerizing is the sets and costumes that take the audience to a specific time and place. With Verdi’s Ernani, we are transported to a royal castle in Spain, in the year 1519. The towering walls of the set and period costumes for this show were designed by Lyric’s own Scott Marr, who has been making magic happen behind the scenes at Lyric since 1990. Peek behind the curtain to see what goes into staging a show like Ernani in this fascinating feature.

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Plus, hear from renowned director Barrie Kosky about his acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof, watch tenor Russell Thomas perform "O inferno…Sento avvampar nell’anima" from Simon Boccanegra, look behind the scenes at the technical rehearsal for Le Comte Ory, and see how you can win a prize at Sunday in the Park with Lyric.

Barrie Kosky on Fiddler on the Roof

Barrie Kosky is one of the world’s leading opera directors, and in his production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opens September 17, the songs we all know and love are “given weight and take on deep meaning” (Los Angeles Times). Hear more from the director in this article.

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Russell Thomas performs "O inferno…Sento avvampar nell’anima" from Simon Boccanegra

In this clip from Lyric’s Verdi Voices concert, Gabriele Adorno (sung here by tenor Russell Thomas) delivers a blazing monologue after discovering that his beloved Amelia might just be his enemy's mistress. Watch the clip and don’t miss Russell Thomas in the title role of Ernani.

The work begins for Le Comte Ory

In any opera production, there are a myriad of elements which all need to be in sync for the performance to run smoothly. Catch a glimpse of what goes into this work in footage from the “technical rehearsal” for Le Comte Ory, which opens November 13.

Pack your picnic for Sunday in the Park with Lyric

Sunday in the Park with Lyric is just two days away! Enjoy a free concert under the stars and get a preview of the season ahead. Plus, while you’re there, take a photo of your group enjoying the show and tag @lyricopera for a chance to win some great prizes!

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Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Iko Freese/Komische Oper Berlin, Kyle Flubacker, Jacob F. Lucas/Seattle Opera, Todd Rosenberg