Lyric Family Favorites: May 22

In the midst of so much uncertainty, a tale of good and evil can be very refreshing. This week we bring you the famed “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Faust, in which the beautiful Marguerite, sung by Ailyn Pérez, is tempted by gifts from the demon Méphistophélès.

And if a little French is what you fancy, we have much more in store. In this week’s Family Favorites, take a look back at a star of French repertoire, Léopold Simoneau, hear from recent Ryan Opera Center alumna Kayleigh Decker and enjoy her take on Charles Trenet's "Boum," break out the crayons on a coloring page from WFMT, and dig deeper into Faust with a Lyric commentary before watching the Met’s stream on Saturday night.



A specialist in French repertoire and a Lyric favorite

Legends of Lyric: Léopold Simoneau

Take a look back at one of the most exceptional voices to grace Lyric Opera’s stage. French-Canadian tenor Léopold Simoneau was especially well known for his roles in French repertoire and Mozart operas. As Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines puts it, “I guess this is what angels sound like.”

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Hear about her craziest backstage moment.

Ryan Opera Center from Home: Kayleigh Decker

Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker is a recent alumna of the Ryan Opera Center who you may have seen as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly or as Dorothée in Cendrillon. Hear about how she is adapting to a creative life at home and hear a performance firsthand.

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A perfect companion for video streams.

Lyric Commentary: Faust

Like a gourmet meal and a fine wine, Lyric’s opera commentaries pair perfectly with nightly streaming opportunities. On Saturday, our friends at The Met are streaming their production of Gounod’s Faust. Lyric mounted a new production of the French favorite in the 2017/18 Season.


by Charles Gounod

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Grab your crayons!

Coloring page: Four conductors waiting for an orchestra

Need a fun activity to do with your little ones? Check out this coloring page from WFMT, drawn by David Lee Csicsko.

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.


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Photos: Cory Weaver, Simon Pauly, Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera