August 25, 2023

Lyric Family Favorites: August 25

The 2023/24 Season will be Enrique Mazzola’s third as Music Director, but he will have a number of notable firsts. Opening the season is Mazzola’s first Wagner at Lyric, The Flying Dutchman. He will also conduct his first 21st century opera at Lyric, Blanchard’s Champion, his first Mozart at Lyric, the Requiem, and his first production of Verdi’s Aida in any opera house. See what these milestones mean for Mazzola, and more, in this exclusive interview.

Catch up with the maestro

Plus, watch Tamara Wilson perform a clip from Verdi’s Attila in advance of her role in The Flying Dutchman; learn about all of the marvelous maestri conducting in the 2023/24 Season; reserve your seats for Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions; watch Audra McDonald perform “Somewhere”; and introduce the young people in your life to opera with Jason and the Argonauts.

Tamara Wilson returns

Soprano Tamara Wilson has one of the most powerful and versatile voices in the opera world, and we’re lucky enough to have her return this season to perform the role of Senta in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Watch her perform “O nel fuggente nuvolo” from Attila.

Meet the marvelous maestri

From bubbling romantic comedies to dark and brooding melodramas, Lyric's 2023/24 Season has something for everyone. Meet the lineup of exciting conductors keeping things in perfect tune and get ready for a season of unforgettable memories.

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Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Join us on Sunday, September 17 to watch more than 20 finalists representing the world’s finest emerging artists audition for a spot in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Centers 2024/25 Ensemble. This is a unique opportunity to hear opera’s future stars and participate by voting for the Audience Favorite Award.

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Audra McDonald sings “Somewhere”

In honor of legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein’s birthday today, watch Audra McDonald perform “Somewhere” from West Side Story at the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors. Don’t miss Audra McDonald performing with the Lyric Opera Orchestra on Friday, October 6.

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Bring your young ones to the opera

Introduce the young people in your life to the wonderful world of opera with Jason and the Argonauts on Saturday, October 21. In his quest to take back the throne, Jason and his allies face sharp rocks, dangerous creatures, and more trials that ultimately teach them what it means to be a hero.

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Photos: Joe Mazza, Kyle Flubacker, Silvia Lelli, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Allison Michael Orenstein