Lyric Family Favorites: July 17

What a wondrous feeling, to encounter a long-lost love! Singing the gorgeous aria “Je crois entendre encore,” tenor Matthew Polenzani captures Nadir’s tender melancholy in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Watch the full aria from Lyric’s 2017 production and allow yourself a little nostalgia. 

While you’re stepping back in time, discover Sissieretta Jones, the greatest voice you’ve never heard; get to know delightful bass Matthew Rose; and check out this week’s streaming opportunities.



A pioneer in the operatic world

PBS’s American Masters: Sissieretta Jones

One of the greatest voices of her time, Sissieretta Jones became the first African American artist to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1892. Learn more about this “unsung” master in PBS’s series featuring a wide range of artists and historians, including Ryan Opera Center alumna J’Nai Bridges.



What goes on a Matthew Rose sandwich?

60 seconds with Matthew Rose

You'll remember Matthew Rose as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. Get to know him better in this fun 60-second interview.


Don’t miss these virtual performances

Opera Streaming for the Upcoming Week

 Lyric’s guide points you to some of the best full opera streams this week including WFMT’s broadcast of I puritani from Lyric's 2017/18 Season, starring Albina Shagimuratova and Lawrence Brownlee, plus connect to interesting and insightful Lyric Commentaries and more to complement your at-home viewing experience.

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.

Oscar Wilde

A call for advocacy

The situation right now for the arts is dire. As Congress debates the next round of COVID relief, we encourage you to contact your elected officials in support of strong federal support for the arts. You can read more at Arts Alliance Illinois Covid Relief Policy Agenda for the Arts and send an email to your elected officials here. We need your voice and your support!

Stay connected with Lyric!

Sign up for our email list and receive behind-the-scenes interviews and videos, exclusive offers and ticket discounts, notifications of special events, important announcements, reminders for your performances, our monthly eNewsletter, and more!

Photos: Lena Kern, Shervin Lainez, Todd Rosenberg