June 25, 2021

Lyric Family Favorites: June 25

Carlos Gardel was not only the most famous popular tango singer of all time, he was also a leading man in numerous films, including his penultimate, El día que me quieras (The Day That You'll Love Me). For this film, released shortly after his untimely death, he wrote several songs including the title song, a relaxed lyrical tango that has been performed memorably by many artists over the years, among them Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, and Gloria Estefan. Get into a romantic mood with this performance by Ana María Martínez and David Portillo from Pasión Latina.

Plus, learn more about the history of LGBTQ characters in opera, go on a public art walk downtown, and celebrate the season with "Summertime".

It’s been so gratifying to bring you this content each week. As the season draws to a close, our staff is getting ready to welcome you back to the opera house in September for live performances. Our Lyric Family Favorites email has been a special, weekly email created just for our subscriber and donor family. As we move forward towards being together this fall, you can look forward to receiving Family Favorites monthly. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube so that you don't miss a note.

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ characters in opera

As we approach the end of Pride Month, we’re celebrating some notable LGBTQ characters in opera. Though there aren’t a great many examples, LGBTQ characters have been present in opera since the beginning of the art form, even if they weren’t explicitly acknowledged.

Learn more

Loop Mural Walk

Loop Chicago’s new Loop Mural Walk showcases over 20 extraordinary and mostly hidden murals throughout downtown meant to immerse visitors and locals alike in the colorful, unique, and even gritty depictions of life in Chicago.

Head downtown

You can never get enough "Summertime"

The enduring song "Summertime" from the Gershwins' ever-popular Porgy and Bess has had a deep and lasting impact on American culture, with 25,000 covers and counting. Take a look at some of the best interpretations of this classic number.

Start listening

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg

Mural artist: Dwight White