April 02, 2020

Lyric Family Favorites: May 15

As many of us approach two months under a stay-at-home order, some of us might be longing for some Rossinian hijinks to pass the time. Today’s featured excerpt comes from this past season’s audience and critical favorite, The Barber of Seville. Count Almaviva, portrayed by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, serenades Rosina while disguised as the poor student Lindoro. We think that this outdoor performance of "Ecco ridente in cielo" fulfills Chicago’s current social distancing guidelines, and we hope it adds to your "finding happiness through music" quota for the day!

This week we also bring you an interview with mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller on what it’s like to be a part of the Ring cycle; insights from Bridget Ryzmski, Lyric’s wig and makeup crew head, about life backstage; and we take a look at the role of math in music with help from WFMT.





Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.

Claude Debussy

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