Lyric Family Favorites: June 26

Virtually all of us have made changes in our lives over the past few months, adapting to our new circumstances. As the new year begins for the supremely talented incoming class of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, these changes come with the arrival of a brand-new job, with a new set of colleagues and rehearsals. This week we take a look at how they are settling into their new roles in unexpected ways.

Now  with even more ways to enjoy opera from home, you can stay safe, connected, and entertained without donning a mask. Watch an interview with tenor Lawrence Brownlee and bass Soloman Howard, tune in to 98.7WFMT for full performance broadcasts from Lyric’s 2017/18 Season, and check out the many livestream opportunities available over the next week.


Marianne Crebassa sings the famous aria

"Una voce poco fa"

Watch mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa take on the notoriously difficult aria in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, a beautiful example of coloratura singing. In this scene, Rosina has just heard a voice serenading her; it was her love, Lindoro, and she swears she will win his affection.


Host Lawrence Brownlee and guest Soloman Howard share their thoughts (and some laughs) on a variety of subjects.

The Sitdown with LB and Soloman Howard

In the latest post from Lyric favorite Lawrence Brownlee’s The Sitdown with LB video series, he interviewed Soloman Howard, who made his Lyric debut last fall in Luisa Miller. Listen to their wide-ranging conversation about the importance of mentorship, fashion, careers, and what it meant to perform at Lyric’s Lawrence Brownlee and Friends concert in October. And don’t forget to tune in on Sunday for Larry’s interview with J’Nai Bridges!

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Enjoy more Lyric at home.

Relive the beauty of our 2017|18 Season

Now you can hear more Lyric at home! Every Saturday through July 25, broadcasts of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s opening night performances from the 2017/18 Season will be heard locally on 98.7WFMT, online at, and on radio stations across the country via The WFMT Radio Network. See the full schedule and start listening!



Watch video streams from Chicago Children’s Choir, Met Opera, and more.

Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

Opera streaming opportunities are available every day next week  including a Juneteenth concert from Chicago Children’s Choir, productions of Don Giovanni, La bohème, Die Walküre, and more! Make sure to visit our page for commentaries, musical highlights, program articles, and photos to enrich your listening experience.

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.

Pablo Casals

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