Lyric Family Favorites: January 8

We hope you are safe and well, and that we can offer some comfort in the form of beautiful music this week. “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” is a great American folk song. It’s been around for more than two centuries and has been recorded by numerous artists including Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Ed Sheeran, among many others. In a new performance from the Ryan Opera Center at Work series, bass-baritone and third-year ensemble member David Weigel sings Steven Mark Kohn’s beautiful arrangement of the American classic.

Plus, listen in on Tuesday as Lyric’s music director designate Enrique Mazzola sits down with WFMT’s general manager George Preston, watch a full stream of Lawrence Brownlee’s unforgettable Cycles of My Being, and see our opera streaming picks for next week.

Ryan Opera Center At Work: “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”

Music and Conversation with Enrique Mazzola

The maestro plays DJ

Curious about Maestro Mazzola’s favorite music? On Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00pm, Lyric’s music director designate will join WFMT’s general manager George Preston on the air to talk about his life and career. Plus, Mo. Mazzola will select each piece of music for the hour.

Mark your calendars

Cycles of My Being

A stirring song cycle

Co-commissioned by Lyric along with Opera Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall, Cycles of My Being explores the realities of life as a Black man in America. Now you can stream the full song cycle, performed by tenor Lawrence Brownlee (for whom it was created), from Opera Philadelphia.

Watch now

Lyric presented Capriccio starring William Burden and Renée Fleming during the 2014/15 Season

Week of January 11: Streaming opportunities

Watch full-length operas without leaving home!

Warm up this week with a pair of opera streams from the U.K.’s Grange Park Opera and Royal Opera House, and several from The Metropolitan Opera starring Renée Fleming!

Catch a stream

Photos: Jean-Baptiste Millot, Todd Rosenberg, Jaclyn Simpson