Lyric Music & More: August 18

Even in the most uncertain times, we rise every day and start anew. Perhaps it’s human nature, but the draw of routine and ritual can be powerful and comforting when other aspects of life are more tenuous. So it’s no wonder that the familiar tune and everyday working spirit of Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus” is such a comfort-watch. We hope someday in the near future we can get back to big, spectacular scenes like this one filled with boisterous crowds and a huge chorus of voices singing to the rafters.

Until then, we continue to bring you the best online content we have to offer. This week, meet our furry friends with Pets of Lyric, find out Jamie Barton’s favorite Chicago meal, watch an in-depth interview with soprano Ailyn Pérez, and enjoy a full solo recital by baritone Will Liverman from Seattle Opera.

"Anvil Chorus"

"Anvil Chorus" from Act Two of Verdi's Il trovatore, featured in Lyric's 2018/19 Season. 

Meet our furry friends

Pets of Lyric

Lyric’s staff is hard at work bringing you virtual concerts, videos, games, and engaging stories . Our pets are hard at work too, making impromptu appearances on Zoom calls and taking naps on our keyboards. Meet the furry Lyric family members behind the scenes, doing their endearing best to keep us sane.


Patter Up: Jamie Barton

American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has won nearly every major international music award. You might know her from Lyric’s 2018 production of Il trovatore, where she brought incredible dramatic depth to the role of Azucena. Find out more about Jamie, including her favorite Chicago meal and her go-to karaoke jam

The native Illinoisan talks about her rise to fame

A conversation with Ailyn Pérez

Soprano Ailyn Pérez, an accomplished star of the opera world, will perform on the Lyric stage in the upcoming For the Love of Lyric virtual concert, premiering September 13. Learn more about her amazing career and her commitment to mentorship in underserved communities in this in-depth interview from the online series, Living the Classical Life.


 A solo recital from Seattle Opera

Songs of Summer: Will Liverman

Baritone Will Liverman floored us all with his performances in Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter. See and hear this incredible Ryan Opera Center alumnus in a full recital as part of Seattle Opera’s Songs of Summer series, including music by Copland, Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn, and more. Don’t delay—this video expires August 20!

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

Robert Fripp

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Photos: Bree Anne Clowdus, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Catherine Pisaroni, Todd Rosenberg