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.



On singing the Ring cycle

Q&A with Ronnita Miller

Mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller has performed on some of the greatest stages around the world and gained particular notoriety for her roles in Wagner operas. In advance of Lyric’s Ring cycle, she sat down for an interview with OperaWire about how she prepares for such an undertaking.

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Hear about her craziest backstage moment.

People of Lyric: Bridget Ryzmski

In this People of Lyric Opera video feature, Wig Crew Head Bridget Ryzmski gives us a peek into life backstage—and shares her craziest moment during one of the company’s Broadway musicals.


With Dr. Eugenia Cheng

Math in Music

Math is science and music is art...right? Not so much: The two have more in common than you may realize. Dr. Eugenia Cheng explores the various ways in which math can help illuminate the music we love in this fun explainer series from WFMT.

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

Claude Debussy

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