Lyric Family Favorites: September 18

This week, Lyric’s 2020/21 Season would have had its opening night, and while everyone at Lyric wishes we could be together, we look forward to more virtual concerts and new experiences in the meantime. While we anticipate the music that lies ahead, we can’t help but think back to some of the incredible opening night operas from the recent past. Just three years ago, The Joffrey Ballet was featured on our main stage in Lyric's production of Orphée et Eurydice. Naturally, the costumes and choreography were more spectacular than ever. Take a close-up look at some of the beautiful costumes with the Joffrey's head of wardrobe, Ellie Cotey, as we celebrate the season when The Joffrey Ballet calls Lyric Opera House its new home.

Then, catch up with For the Love of Lyric star Heather Headley, test your opera knowledge with a fun opening night crossword puzzle, and look ahead to next week’s opera streaming opportunities.


The Costumes of Orphée et Eurydice

Join the Joffrey's head of wardrobe, Ellie Cotey, as she takes you on a tour of the beautiful costumes of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice.

Calling all opera buffs

Opening night crossword

How well do you remember Lyric’s history? Test your opera knowledge with this downloadable crossword puzzle.

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Chicago-based Tony and Grammy award-winning performer

Catch up with Heather Headley

Heather Headley performed on the Lyric stage for the first time in For the Love of Lyric. In an interview for Better magazine, she explains what it’s like to record a virtual concert, how the pandemic has affected her work and home life, and her advice for aspiring young artists.

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Watch from home

Week of September 21: Streaming opportunities

This week, watch J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus from Opera Australia, plus Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea and Borodin’s Prince Igor from Houston Grand Opera.

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A match made in heaven

Lyric & Joffrey PB&J drive

Lyric Opera and The Joffrey Ballet are teaming up for a food drive to benefit Lakeview Pantry. On Friday, September 25 from 10am-noon, the Joffrey will accept containers (preferably plastic) of peanut butter (from team Joffrey!) and jelly (from team Lyric!) at Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph Street), to be donated to our friends at the Pantry. If you would like to drop off a donation, please wait outside for a volunteer to greet you rather than entering the building.

Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.

Keith Richards

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