Lyric Music & More: March 31 March 31, 2020

lcome to the latest Lyric Music & More! This week, we bring you an interview with our charge artist, Brian Traynor, a birthday tribute to composer Jake Heggie, activities you can do with the little ones in your life, and more original Lyric commentaries to enjoy before the Met’s nightly free streams. But everything starts with music, and in this issue we’re sharing a previously unreleased excerpt from our 2018 production of Puccini’s Turandot — featuring the wonderful Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. 

Behind-the-scenes interview

Meet Brian Traynor, Lyric scenic artist

Ever wonder how costumes, props, and scenery come to life? Meet Brian Traynor, charge artist at Lyric. He's hard at work behind the scenes painting, carving, and adding finishing touches to productions.

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An excerpt from Dead Man Walking

Happy Birthday Jake Heggie!

We're celebrating composer Jake Heggie by sharing one of our most moving moments from the 2019/20 Season. Watch Patricia Racette and Ryan McKinny as Sister Helen Prejean and Joseph De Rocher in our recent production of Heggie's Dead Man Walking, which won audience and critical acclaim.

Spot the Difference for parents & a word search for kids 

Just for fun: activities for you and your family

Do you like puzzles as much as we do? For the grown-ups: See if you can spot the differences between these two photos of Lyric Music Director Sir Andrew Davis! And if you’re looking for an amusement for young people in your life, share this kid-friendly word search!

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Week 3 of Met broadcasts & Lyric commentaries

Lyric pre-opera talks, in your own home

Love our pre-opera talks, but need to practice social distancing? We have the perfect solution! Our friends at The Metropolitan Opera are streaming opera favorites, many of which have recently graced the Lyric stage! Enhance your experience by listening to the Lyric Opera Commentaries, and then enjoy the opera!

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Music is the universal language. It brings people closer together.

Ella Fitzgerald

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker, Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera