January 27, 2023

Lyric Family Favorites: January 27

Hansel and Gretel opened Wednesday to great applause and superlative reviews, especially for the two main stars of the show, Heidi Stober (Gretel) and Samantha Hankey (Hansel). “Well-matched as actors and singers, the two are completely believable as children and siblings in the way they carry themselves and taunt and support each other” praised the Chicago Sun-Times. Hear them discuss their favorite moments of the show, both musically and dramatically, in this latest edition of Mixing it Up.

Plus, learn more about the history of Hansel and Gretel, watch the discussion and performances around The Factotum in a video recording of Works & Process from the Guggenheim, see what to expect at Lyric’s wine auction, and celebrate Mozart’s birthday with the virtual concert Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky.

Another world

Humperdinck deployed all the Wagnerian tricks to create an enduring fairy tale in Hansel and Gretel. Learn more about the genesis of this masterpiece and the context in which it was received by the public in this revealing article by Andrew Porter.

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Works & Process: The Factotum

As part of the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series, the creative minds behind The Factotum gathered for a discussion of how this new work came to be, along with performances of excerpts from The Factotum. Learn more and get a sneak peek at the show.

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A vintage year

After a five year hiatus, Lyric’s wine auction returns this year on May 13. Guests will have the opportunity to dine on the Lyric stage surrounded by a custom designed set, and bid on rare vintage wines as well as unique experiences. Learn more about what to expect.


Happy birthday, Mozart!

Happy birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Celebrate by watching the virtual concert Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, who was recently named Music Director Emeritus of Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Photos: Cory Weaver, Dan Rest, Titus Ogilvie-Laing, Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker