December 16, 2022

Lyric Family Favorites: December 16

With Hanukkah starting on Sunday and Christmas less than ten days away, we’re definitely feeling the holiday spirit. Please enjoy a Christmas song from the birthplace of opera to warm your weekend. “Tu scendi dalle stelle” is one of the most popular songs to sing around the holidays in Italy, and the Italian soprano Maria Novella Malfatti has delivered a heartwarming performance.

Plus, watch Will Liverman and DJ King Rico perform “Legacy” from The Factotum, get to know Hansel and Gretel, find the perfect gift for the music lover in your life, and see how we make it snow on the Lyric stage.

Developing “Legacy”

On February 3, The Factotum will receive its world premiere. In this video, watch as creators Will Liverman and DJ King Rico work through one of the songs, “Legacy.” Opera fans will notice some familiar notes from the inspiration for this work: The Barber of Seville.

Get to know Hansel and Gretel

You are probably familiar with the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of two brave children lost in the forest, but Humperdinck’s opera brings another layer of enchantment to this beloved story. See what the opera is all about and what makes production special in this article.

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A Lyric gift guide

Still searching for the perfect gift for the music lover in your life? Look no further: Lyric has the perfect resource for you. From opera tickets to precious handmade items from local artisans, you’re sure to find a gift to please even the pickiest people on your list.

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Let it snow

When you see a show at Lyric, you know you’re going to see wondrous things unfold on stage. With Fiddler on the Roof this fall, audiences got to experience snowfall indoors. How did they create this amazing effect? Find out in this behind-the-scenes article.

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera, Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera