Lyric Family Favorites: May 1

Staying connected is what keeps us going. While it's difficult to be separated from our friends and loved ones, the messages we share with one another get us through the long days and keep us looking to the future. You are part of the Lyric family, and we hope these emails are keeping you confidently hopeful for the day we can all come together again, because nothing compares to the thrilling spectacle of live opera. 

As intense as your favorite Netflix show might be, it doesn’t hold a candle to the drama of Elektra. Watch an extended video of Nina Stemme and Elza van den Heever in the final scene of Strauss's violent thriller and be relieved that Elektra is not on your "quaranteam." Then, revisit the legacy of legendary Lyric favorite Richard Tucker, learn about the instruments of the Ring, and get a tap lesson from Lyric leading artists Ryan McKinny and noteable Ryan Opera Center Alum Amanda Majeski. 



Remembering an American icon

Richard Tucker: A Legend of Lyric

The American tenor Richard Tucker was a huge favorite of American operagoers for three decades. A remarkably authentic performer of Italian repertoire, he also excelled in French roles, and he performed nine operas in nine seasons at Lyric. Enjoy this tribute by Lyric Dramaturg Roger Pines!

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Behind the scenes with the Lyric Orchestra

The instruments of the Ring

What exactly is a "Wagner Tuba?" Can an anvil be an instrument? With the help of videos shared by the Lyric Opera Orchestra, learn about Wagner's groundbreaking instrumentation of the Ring cycle and hear some examples performed.

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Ryan McKinny and Amanda Majeski tap and sing you into the weekend!

They’ve got music!

Baritone Ryan McKinny, who starred in both Dead Man Walking and Don Giovanni this past season, called Lyric favorite and proud Ryan Opera Center graduate, soprano Amanda Majeski recently and they showed us a whole new side of their talents with a tap-dancing lesson that will leave you delighted…who could ask for anything more?

Music…can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

Leonard Bernstein

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