Lyric Family Favorites: November 13

Sometimes, songs find a life of their own. Jerome Kern and B.G. DeSylva originally wrote "Look for the Silver Lining" for the musical Zip, Goes a Million, which never became a success. However, the song lived on and was later covered by some of the most famous voices of the 20th century, including Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Aretha Franklin, Chet Baker and more. In a new video from the Ryan Opera Center at Work series, first year ensemble member and mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck offers a gorgeous interpretation of the classic song, with Music Director Craig Terry at the piano. Take a moment to sit and enjoy the infectious melody, and perhaps you'll find today's silver lining.

Plus, find out more about how Breaking Down the Score became a video series, discover the music of composer Florence Price, see Lyric’s opera streaming picks for next week, and check out new episodes of Breaking Down the Score and Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis.

Ryan Opera Center At Work: "Look for the Silver Lining"

Enrique Mazzola illuminates the art of opera online

Lyric’s music director designate on the new web series Breaking Down the Score

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Maestro Mazzola talks about how the new series Breaking Down the Score came to be and why he wants to speak directly to the audience about the music he is so passionate about.

Dive in

The inspirational life of composer Florence Price

A breakthrough artist whose work has not received the attention it deserves

Florence Price was the first Black woman to have her compositions performed by a major symphony orchestra—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—but years later few people know her name. See why her music is so important, then and now.

Be inspired

Lawrence Brownlee in Cycles of My Being

Week of November 16: Streaming opportunities

Watch full-length operas without leaving home!

This week, watch full streams of Don Carlo, Faust, Rusalka, and La traviata from the Metropolitan Opera, Rigoletto from San Francisco Opera, and more in our weekly streaming guide.

Catch a stream

Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis

Episode 3: Anthony Reed & Katherine Beck

Step behind the scenes as Music Director Sir Andrew Davis leads a series of one-on-one master classes focused on one of his favorite operas: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with members of the 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble.

In this episode, hear second-year bass Anthony Reed as Bartolo and first-year mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck as Cherubino, accompanied by Chris Reynolds on piano.

Breaking Down the Score: Attila with Maestro Enrique Mazzola

Part 7: Duetto

In this scene, Foresto arrives in Attila’s camp and is stunned to find his fiancée, Odabella, smiling in the moonlight. He questions her loyalty as they speak over one another without truly listening. Verdi illustrates this with a stunning cadenza sung by Foresto in a sad minor key, and Odabella in a bright major key. Our heroine finally breaks through, explaining her plan to kill Attila, and the reunited couple launch into an emotional cabaletta.

Tune in each week and be the first to see new episodes by subscribing to Lyric's channel on YouTube.

As long as we live, there is never enough singing.

Martin Luther

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