August 20, 2021

Lyric Family Favorites: August 20

Two years before he composed his first opera, Giuseppe Verdi wrote "La seduzione” (The seduction), a gentle melody with a tragic story in which an innocent young girl is seduced and betrayed. With Lyric’s new music director, Enrique Mazzola, at the piano, bass-baritone David Weigel, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus, brings great emotional depth to this sad and beautiful song. If this piece moves you, don’t miss Verdi’s first great masterpiece Macbeth with Maestro Mazzola on the podium, Lyric’s riveting season opener.

Plus, see why Sir David McVicar and John Macfarlane are a creative dream team for Macbeth, get an up-close look at the filming of Pagliacci, go behind the scenes with Enrique Mazzola, and don’t forget to pack your picnic for Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars!

Hail to the Scotsmen

Director Sir David McVicar and designer John Macfarlane, both natives of Glasgow, Scotland, have teamed up to create hugely acclaimed new productions at major opera houses worldwide. See why these two are a dream team and get excited for their new production of Macbeth.

Meet the team

Pagliacci up close

Yesterday, Lyric released Leoncavallo's searing drama Pagliacci, a semi-staged production performed and filmed in the Lyric Opera House. Get an up-close look with photos from the filming, and stream it on demand today by reserving a free ticket.

Take a look

Exploring with Enrique: Spotlight booth

Go behind the scenes with Music Director Enrique Mazzola as he shines a light on one of the most hidden spaces in the Lyric Opera House: the spotlight booth. Tucked away in the upper balcony, we’ll see how the right lighting can help set the mood, tell a story, and more.


Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars

Join us next weekend in Millennium Park for an evening of beautiful music as artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center perform a variety of favorites accompanied by members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

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Stream Twilight: Gods

Don’t forget  Twilight: Gods is streaming now through October 29. Reserve your FREE ticket today.


Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Joe Mazza, Todd Rosenberg

An original sketch from designer John Macfarlane for Macbeth.