Lyric Family Favorites: August 21

Mimì and Rodolfo first realize they’ve fallen in love as they sing the soaring romantic duet "O soave fanciulla" to close the first act of La bohème. Audiences have been falling in love with La bohème for more than a century. Puccini’s beloved opera first came to Lyric in 1954, long after its world premiere in 1896, and has made a deep impact on popular culture. From the torchy 1959 Della Reese pop song “Don’t You Know” based on “Musetta’s Waltz” to the wildly popular musical Rent, even if you’ve never seen La bohème, chances are you’re familiar with some of it. 

So this week, enjoy the fabulous Maria Agresta and Michael Fabiano singing the roles of Mimì and Rodolfo as they begin their fateful love affair in this well-known scene. Plus, take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter, get a peek into the life of Renée Fleming, and check out Lyric’s top picks for opera streaming next week. 

"O soave fanciulla"

"O soave fanciulla" from Act One of La bohème from Lyric's 2018/19 Season, and featuring Michael Fabiano and Maria Agresta.

“I think this is a pretty good example of what we’re capable of”—Lawrence Brownlee

 The Making of Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter

How does a virtual concert come together in the middle of a pandemic? And where did the idea originate? Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter went from a big idea to home screens around the country and beyond. After reading the article, make sure to watch the full concert in its original form before August 25, after which select performances will be removed.

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America's top soprano

Renée Fleming, songbird in seclusion

Lyric’s special projects advisor and one of the most celebrated modern sopranos, Renée Fleming is now at a point in her career where her time is spent only on the projects she is most passionate about. Learn more about her incredible career and personal life, and get excited to see her in For the Love of Lyric on September 13. 

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For the Love of Lyric on September 13

Have you heard? 

Lyric is excited to present the world premiere of For the Love of Lyric, a free virtual concert from the Lyric Opera House. This eclectic program from the worlds of opera, Broadway, and popular music stars some of your Lyric favorites, and premieres on YouTube and Facebook on September 13.


The best opera on the internet

Week of August 24: Streaming opportunities

This week, watch 20 new digital operas from over 100 opera makers from across the world as part of #OperaHarmony, hear Verdi’s Don Carlos from Royal Opera House, La bohème from Opera Australia, and more!

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