September 15, 2023
Lyric Family Favorites: September 15
The Flying Dutchman opens in just two weeks, marking music director Enrique Mazzola’s first Wagner in Chicago, and rehearsals are already underway. According to Mazzola, this was the opera that kicked off a revolution in the opera world led by Wagner’s pioneering ideas. Hear more about what to listen for in The Flying Dutchman in this interview with the music director.
Plus, chorus director and head of music Michael Black shares his favorite recordings of music in the upcoming 2023/24 Season, see members of the Ryan Opera Center perform at Navy Pier, read an interview with Audra McDonald, reserve your tickets for Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions, and don't forget to watch The Factotum on Film.
Ryan Opera Center at Chicago Live!
Taking place at Navy Pier September 23-24, Chicago Live! is a free performance festival featuring more than 60 of the city’s top musical, theatrical, dance, and cultural organizations with back-to-back performances. Members of the Ryan Opera Center Lucy Baker and Travon D. Walker with pianist Jerad Mosbey perform at 2:30 on September 23.
An interview with the Queen of Song
Ahead of her sold-out first appearance at the Lyric Opera House, celebrated singer and actress Audra McDonald spoke with Lyric’s former dramaturg Roger Pines about her voice, her artistry, and how she prepares her concert programs. Read more in this exclusive interview.
Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions are this Sunday, September 17. Join us to watch more than 20 finalists representing the world’s finest emerging artists audition for a spot in the Ryan Opera Center’s 2024/25 Ensemble. Reserve your free tickets today.
Last chance for The Factotum on Film
Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second.”