August 02, 2022

Lyric Music & More: August 2

There’s nothing quite like a Chicago summer, and one of the hallmarks of the season in this great city are outdoor concerts. Coming up in less than three weeks on August 21 is Sunday in the Park with Lyric! Pack your picnic, bring your friends, and join us for a free outdoor concert featuring highlights from the 2022/23 Season with Music Director Enrique Mazzola, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, and members of the The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. Look back at the early days of this great tradition and see what’s on tap in this article.

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Plus, hear artist Steven Skybell talk about why the story of Fiddler on the Roof is more important than ever, listen to some of Verdi’s lesser-known gems, check out the model room with Enrique Mazzola, and celebrate National Coloring Book Day with some Lyric coloring pages.

Steven Skybell on the meaning of Fiddler on the Roof

Artist Steven Skybell, starring as Tevye in Lyric’s upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof, also played the same role in the acclaimed off-Broadway Yiddish production of the show. He shares his experiences from that production and how this title still resonates with a message of hope.

Verdi’s lesser-known gems

Giuseppe Verdi created some of the most beloved works in the repertoire. However, a number of his earlier works are equally brilliant but not as widely known, including two in the 2022/23 Season: Ernani and Don Carlos. Discover some of these lesser-known gems in this playlist.

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Exploring with Enrique: Model Room

Sometimes the smallest spaces can hold the biggest ideas. In this episode of Exploring with Enrique, get a look at a rarely seen area of the Lyric Opera House, the model room, to see how new productions move from concept to reality.

Lyric coloring pages

Today is National Coloring Book Day! Get out the colored pencils, markers, or crayons, and relax with these Lyric coloring pages. Plus, you can check out other activities, games, and resources on our Lyric for Kids page.

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Allison Michael Orentein, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joe Mazza