December 05, 2023

Lyric Music & More: December 5

The next live Lyric production doesn't open until January, but don’t worry — later this month, the filmed concert Lawrence Brownlee & Friends will be available for free streaming. This concert of vocal excellence features tenor Lawrence Brownlee with Craig Terry on piano. Joining them in performance are soprano Lisette Oropesa, mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller, and members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble — tenor Travon D. Walker, baritone Laureano Quant, and bass-baritone Christopher Humbert, Jr. Watch the trailer, and don’t forget to come back later to watch the entire concert.

Plus, get a first look at Justin Austin in Champion, listen to some of Rossini’s greatest hits, find the perfect gift for the opera lover in your life, save on tickets for The Nutcracker, and check out a new exhibit at the Pritzker Military Museum.

A first look at Champion

Grammy Award-winning artist Terence Blanchard’s first opera Champion makes its Lyric debut January 27. In the title role as legendary boxer Emile Griffith is Justin Austin, a brilliant new star who triumphed in Fire Shut Up in My Bones in the 2021/22 Season. Watch him as he gets ready for the starring role in this behind-the-scenes video.

Rossini’s greatest hits

Cinderella, or La Cenerentola, is one of the greatest hits by one of opera’s most popular composers, Rossini. Get ready for Lyric’s grand production, opening January 21, by listening to some Rossini favorites, including music from Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, and more.

Hear the hits

A gift guide for opera lovers

Still searching for the perfect gift for the music lover in your life? Look no further: Lyric has the perfect resource for you. From opera tickets to precious handmade items from local artisans, you’re sure to find a gift to please even the pickiest people on your list.

Get gifting

The Nutcracker

See The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon December 2-27. Journey to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair with Wheeldon’s holiday masterpiece. Lyric opera fans save 10% on tickets with code 24LYRIC10.

See the magic

The War of 1812 at Pritzker Military Museum

A special offer from the Pritzker Military Museum: transcend back to a time when you can witness monumental milestones within a forgotten era of historical struggle in a new exhibit about the War of 1812. From today, December 5 to December 9, 2023, buy one General Admission, get one General Admission ticket free by using the code LYRIC.

Get up close

Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera, Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera, Katie Miller