December 08, 2022

Lyric Music & More: December 8

Perhaps no other piece of classical music marks the holiday season like The Nutcracker. In a heartwarming performance from 2020, Ryan Opera Center pianist Chris Reynolds delivers a glittering rendition of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum” fairy that is worth revisiting again and again. Of course, there’s nothing quite like experiencing Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece live, and Joffrey’s current production of The Nutcracker is “better than ever” (Chicago Tribune). Fans of Lyric can use promo code LYRIC10 to access 10% off tickets for The Nutcracker. 

Plus, see how Jill Grove becomes the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, check out the documentary Creating “The Factotum” ahead of the world premiere of the work opening on  February 3 at the Harris Theater, stir up some holiday cheer with Lyric Libations, see what Carmen is all about, and watch the film of Twilight: Gods before it’s gone.

Becoming the Witch

In Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel — opening January 25 — acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jill Grove reprises her role as the Witch. Watch as she transforms into her character through layers of makeup and latex prosthetics in this behind-the-scenes video from 2012.

Creating “The Factotum”

Will Liverman and DJ King Rico’s new work The Factotum, commissioned by Lyric, premieres at the Harris Theater February 3. What does it take to bring a new work to the stage? Find out in this documentary that takes you inside some of the early workshops for the piece.

Holiday Lyric Libations

Whether you're listening to classic carols or streaming full Lyric productions like Puccini's La bohème, these festive drinks are the perfect addition to a cozy evening by the fireplace or a holiday dinner with your loved ones!

Pour some cheer

Get to know Bizet’s Carmen

The heroine of Bizet's Carmen is the most intriguing, alluring, endlessly fascinating woman in opera, a free spirit who lives her life by her own rules. Learn more about the story, the characters and Lyric’s production in this introductory article.

Dig in

Stream Twilight: Gods

In 2021, Lyric presented Twilight: Gods, a drive-through opera experience in the parking garages underneath Millennium Park. The film was recently nominated for a Digital Excellence in Opera award by Opera America, and is now available on YouTube for a limited time.

Photos: Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera, Kyle Flubacker