Lyric Family Favorites: March 27 March 27, 2020

As we get ready to ride into a new weekend, we hope you're doing well and have everything you need — including some great music to pass the time. Today, we share a clip from our 2019 production of Verdi's Luisa Miller  a scene between Luisa and her father starring Krassimira Stoyanova and Quinn Kelsey with the Lyric Opera Orchestra under Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola. If you need a little excitement in your life right now, we hope these vocal fireworks will be just the thing to make your day!

Luisa Miller — Quinn Kelsey & Krassimira Stoyanova

A tribute from Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines

Legends of Lyric: Anna Moffo

Legendary American soprano Anna Moffo sang eight roles with Lyric Opera in just two seasons (1957, '58), and delighted audiences the world over. Learn about her life and career in this audio tribute from Lyric Dramaturg Roger Pines.

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A Ryan Opera Center artist spreads his wings

Ryan Opera Center Artist Profile: Ricardo José Rivera

We sat down with second-year baritone Ricardo José Rivera to talk about his experiences as a member of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and hear what's next for him.

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Ryan McKinny & Isabelle Leonard share a socially-distanced duet

Is virtual hand-holding allowed?

Lyric audiences enjoyed baritone Ryan McKinny twice this season — first as the riveting Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, and then when he stepped in to sing the title role in Don Giovanni on short notice. In this fun example of making music despite social distancing, Ryan is joined by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (Barber of Seville, 2014 and Cinderella, 2015) for a duet of “La ci darem la mano” (Give me your hand, my darling) from Mozart’s Don Giovanni

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An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes part of my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.

Maria Callas

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Simon Pauly