Lyric Music & More: August 5

Lyric is excited to announce our next virtual concert, For the Love of Lyric, on Sunday, September 13. The event will feature host and starring performer Renée Fleming, as well as special guest artists Heather Headley, Ailyn Pérez, Soloman Howard, and J'Nai Bridges, along with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and the Chicago Children’s Choir with Doug Peck as music director. Read more about this special event in our blog post, and be sure to mark your calendars.

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Plus, Larry Brownlee and Craig Terry discuss how Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter came to be and why it was so important to do right now; Lyric welcomes the Joffrey Ballet to the Lyric Opera House; Miss Heather teaches us how to make an opera mask; and a special broadcast from Grant Park Music Festival in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Lawrence Brownlee & Craig Terry in conversation

Leading up to the virtual concert last Sunday, Larry and Craig sat down for a Zoom conversation about their long performing relationship and the genesis of this special event. Listen in, and if you haven’t already, watch the full concert, which can be streamed through August 25, 2020.

A win-win-win for Lyric, for The Joffrey, and for Chicago

Lyric welcomes The Joffrey to the Opera House

Lyric is thrilled to welcome The Joffrey Ballet to the Lyric Opera House when both return to performing. So what will this new arrangement look like in practice? Get the inside scoop on how these two cultural organizations will live together at Lyric!

A logistical puzzle

"Opera Mask Making" with Miss Heather

Learn how to build a dragon mask with Miss Heather! 

An extremely personal role for actor Kenneth Kellogg

Blue: The Father

Originally planned for June 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, Lyric is excited to present Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's opera Blue. Get an inside look at how bass Kenneth Kellogg prepared to play the role of the father in Washington National Opera's production of Blue and where he found inspiration in this moving video from The Kennedy Center Digital Stage.

Ride along

Stravinsky’s macabre masterpiece

The Rake’s Progress

Get a sneak peek of David Hockney's production of this masterpiece that hasn't been seen at Lyric in more than 25 years! Starring Topi Lehtipuu, Matthew Rose, and Miah Persson, directed by John Cox, the full opera will be available to stream through August 9, 2020 as part of the Glyndebourne Open House.

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If I cannot fly, let me sing.

Stephen Sondheim

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