Lyric Family Favorites: September 4

The members of this year’s Ryan Opera Center Ensemble have certainly had one of the most challenging experiences in the program’s history. Many of the coachings, rehearsals, and performances have taken place in individual members’ homes and over video calls, requiring an extra level of patience and perseverance. But hard work pays off, and you can now hear the members in a series of solo, duo, and trio performances, broadcast on 98.7WFMT throughout the opera season. Tune in this Sunday, September 6 at 7:00pm for the first broadcast of the WFMT Recital Series, featuring mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck and baritone Ricardo José Rivera singing songs by Florence Price, Hugo Wolf, Carlos Guastavino, H. Leslie Adams, and more, with Ryan Opera Center pianist Chris Reynolds.


Plus, get ready for the premiere of For the Love of Lyric virtual concert, hear from some of the stars of Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter, and see the opera streaming opportunities next week.

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For the Love of Lyric

For the Love of Lyric virtual concert premieres in just over a week! Make your plans for a splendid evening of performances hosted from Lyric's Ken Pigott Stage.

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Three opera-star friends in conversation

Virtual Opera Chat: Lawrence Brownlee and Friends

Bass Morrison Robinson chats with mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and tenor Lawrence Brownlee about their recent experience with Lyric’s Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter virtual concert, and their current projects. Get inspired by their conversation and watch the full concert, still available on YouTube.


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Week of September 7: Streaming opportunities

Don’t miss “French week” from The Metropolitan Opera with operas by beloved composers Jules Massenet, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, and Hector Berlioz, plus The Royal Opera House's five-part docuseries, Following Pappano, and more.

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I adore art…when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.

Giuseppe Verdi

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