May 20, 2022

Lyric Family Favorites: May 20

Looking back at the 2021/22 Season, there were so many memorable moments, but it’s always special when a singer making their Lyric debut makes a strong impression on the audience. After his Lyric debut as Macduff, tenor Joshua Guerrero received thunderous applause for his performance. In this heart-wrenching aria, he is wracked with guilt when he is unable to save his wife and children from Macbeth's reign of terror. Watch the clip and get excited to see Joshua Guerrero return next season as Carlos in Verdi’s Don Carlos.

Plus, add the next Ryan Opera Center recital on WFMT to your calendar, upgrade your virtual meetings and happy hours with some 2021/22 Season virtual backgrounds, watch a TIME magazine special video interview where Lyric Chief Artistic Administration Officer Matthew Ozawa discusses Asian American artists in opera, and reserve your free tickets for the Ryan Opera Center as they join the Civic Orchestra at Symphony Center.

Tune in alert: Ryan Opera Center recital

On June 5 at 7:00pm, don’t miss the final WFMT Ryan Opera Center recital in the 2021/22 series. This recital features tenor Lunga Eric Hallam and bass Anthony Reed with pianists Chris Reynolds and Craig Terry performing music by Gustav Mahler, Paolo Tosti, and more.

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Upgrade your video calls with these backgrounds

Video calls are here to stay, and what better way to add some fun to your meetings and virtual happy hours than with a beautiful background from Lyric? We have created some new backgrounds with images from the 2021/22 Season for you.

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How Nina Yoshida Nelson found her voice

In this candid feature from TIME, Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen, who portrayed Hiroko Kobayashi in An American Dream in Lyric's 2019 production of the chamber opera, and Lyric Chief Artistic Administration Officer Matthew Ozawa, who directed the work, discuss race and repertoire in the opera world.

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Civic & Ryan Opera Center

Members of the Ryan Opera Center join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Symphony Center for an evening featuring selections from Johann Strauss Jr.’s high-spirited operetta Die Fledermaus. Tickets are free, but required.

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Photos: Ken Howard, Cory Weaver, Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker