November 23, 2021

Lyric Family Favorites: November 23

On any opening night at Lyric, you can feel a particular kind of excitement in the air — especially when the work is a Lyric premiere. Saturday, November 13 was no exception, and critics have been quick to praise Florencia en el Amazonas as “a beauty on every count” (WTTW) and "an eyeful of magenta sunsets, emerald green foliage and a big warm bath of orchestral color” (Chicago Tribune).

In this clip, watch as Florencia (Ana María Martínez) consoles Rosalba (Gabriella Reyes in her Lyric debut) after her notebook is damaged by the storm. The glamorous diva sees much of herself in the young writer, and advises her to embrace her feelings for Arcadio and use their love to inspire her work.

Plus, see Lila Dufy as Queen of the Night in a clip from The Magic Flute — in its final performance this Saturday, November 27, mark your calendar for a recital with Anthony Reed and Chris Reynolds, “mix it up” with Ana María Martínez and Jordan de Souza, read about Andrea Puente Catán’s journey to shed light on her late husband’s work, and read about Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Lyric's coproduction with the Metropolitan Opera that was the talk of New York this fall.

Lila Dufy is Queen of the Night

In this high-flying excerpt from Mozart's The Magic Flute, the Queen of the Night (Lila Dufy in her Lyric debut) orders her daughter Pamina (Ying Fang) to kill the Queen's nemesis, Sarastro or else be disowned forever.

WFMT Recital: Anthony Reed and Chris Reynolds

Join us for a radio recital on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm on WFMT featuring Ryan Opera Center bass Anthony Reed along with Chris Reynolds on piano. This fascinating program of vocal bass works from the 16th to the 20th century includes works by Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, and Schubert.

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Mixing it up with Ana María Martínez and Jordan de Souza

In this excerpt from "Mixing it up," title soprano Ana María Martínez discusses Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas with conductor Jordan de Souza. Hear about their individual connections to this opera, which has two final performances on November 26 and 28.

A magical journey

An accomplished harpist, arts educator, and public speaker, Andrea Puente Catán is also her late husband Daniel Catán’s most passionate and persuasive advocate. See how she has worked to bring this incredible music the appreciation it deserves.

All aboard

Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Terence Blanchard’s new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, on stage at Lyric in March 2022, opened at The Metropolitan Opera in September to great acclaim. Check out what The New York Times had to say when their jazz and classical critics teamed up to discuss this important new work.

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Photos: Cory Weaver, Jaclyn Simpson