Lyric Music & More: April 14 April 14, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since many of us transitioned to offsite work environments and stay-at-home practices—how are you doing? We wish we could have this conversation with each of you, which is exactly why we’re reaching out with some music and musings to pass the time.

We’re all looking forward to that "one fine day" when we can be together again, so today, we bring you an extended clip of “Un bel di” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, performed by soprano Ana María Martínez earlier this season at Lyric. We’re also sharing a whimsical song from artists in our Ryan Opera Center at Home series, a high-velocity Patter Up interview with baritone Quinn Kelsey, opportunities to hear from Renée Fleming and Susan Graham…and introducing some very special members of the Lyric team. We wish you well today, and hope you enjoy the music and more.



Ryan Opera Center at Home presents

“Boum!” A spring delight

Our wonderful artists of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center have been flexing their creative muscles in collaboration with Music Director Craig Terry. Enjoy this delightful performance of “Boum!” by mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker and pianist Madeline Slettedahl.


Learn the famed baritone’s favorite cocktail, karaoke song, and more!

Patter Up: 60 seconds with Quinn Kelsey

Baritone Quinn Kelsey may be familiar to you for his many outstanding Lyric performances, including recent productions of Luisa Miller, Rigoletto, and more. Before he returns in next season’s Samson and Delilah, learn about this Ryan Opera Center alumnus and car enthusiast!


Lyric commentaries to complement your opera streaming

More Met streams, featuring Renée!

Lyric's audio commentaries are a great companion to the Met's nightly opera streams, including last night's Rusalka starring Renée Fleming. Lyric's special projects advisor returns April 19 in Der Rosenkavalier — don't miss it!



Our purrfect work-from-home buddies have a barking good time

The pets of Lyric Opera

Like many of you, Lyric staff is now working from home and video conferencing regularly. A plus side is the whole new team of furry assistants, eager to take this opera-tunity to introduce themselves.


A Lyric favorite shares a hello

Susan Graham’s “So Far Away”

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is a longtime Lyric favorite, and just seeing her on our screens is enough to brighten any day. In this time of physical distancing, Susan recently posted her Facebook video performance of Carole King’s “So Far Away.” We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera