May 26, 2021

Lyric Family Favorites: May 28

One of the most admired and stylistically versatile tenors, Russell Thomas can do it all. This was abundantly clear for anyone who heard and saw him portray Manrico in Il trovatore in Lyric's 2018/19 Season. In this excerpt you’ll experience his tremendous range and power, as Manrico rallies his troops to save Azucena from death. You can also listen to the entire Lyric recording of Il trovatore on demand with Lyric Audio Streaming. Russell Thomas will return to the Lyric's mainstage to portray Cavaradossi in Tosca next spring.

Plus, learn more about the brilliant bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, watch the last broadcast of the season in the Ryan Opera Center recital series, and listen to a full 2018 Lyric performance of La bohème.

Spotlight on Kyle Ketelsen

Featured as Figaro and as Nick Shadow in the recent streaming concert Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky and set to portray Dulcamara in Lyric’s upcoming mainstage production of The Elixir of Love, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is an operatic “triple threat.” He sings, acts, and moves onstage with equal brilliance. Learn more about this Lyric favorite in this spotlight.

Get to know him

WFMT’s Ryan Opera Center recital series

In the finale to a fantastic season of recitals by members of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, Denis Vélez, Katherine DeYoung, Leroy Davis, and Chris Reynolds will perform songs about spring, summer, and winter. Tune in to WFMT on Sunday, June 6 at 7:00pm CT. You can also listen to previous recitals online.

Mark your calendar 

Listen to La bohème

In some of the most captivating music Puccini ever composed, he shows us what love is about with the unforgettable romance between Mimì and Rodolfo, a pair of young lovers we all understand. Listen to the entire 2018 Lyric performance now with Lyric Audio Streaming.

Fall in love 


Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker, Alexander Sargent