September 18, 2020

Lyric Music & More: February 2

Today we wish a very happy birthday to our music director and principal conductor, Sir Andrew Davis! He has enjoyed a 34-year career with Lyric, conducting 61 operas since his debut in 1987, including 21 years as music director. Throughout that time he has been a champion of the art form, touching the lives of countless individuals and making the music world a better place. One of Davis’s most recent conducting engagements at Lyric was the splendid 2019 production of The Barber of Seville. In honor of the maestro’s birthday, please enjoy one of the most beautiful arias from this well-loved opera, “Una voce poco fa,” sung by mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa.

Then, hear Sir Andrew talk about the very first opera he conducted at Lyric, get a sneak peek of the new documentary, Creating The Factotum, learn more about Ryan Opera Center Music Director Craig Terry, and listen to Yo-Yo Ma discuss his latest release with pianist Kathryn Stott.

Creating The Factotum: A preview through photos

Workshopping a brand-new opera

A week from today, Lyric will release the completed documentary Creating The Factotum, which captures the behind-the-scenes process of creating a brand-new work by artists Will Liverman and K-Rico. Get a sneak peek now with photos from the workshop.


Spotlight on Craig Terry

Part of the Lyric family for more than 18 years

Lyric is incredibly lucky to have the uber-talented Craig Terry as music director of the Ryan Opera Center. He has been the driving force behind many of Lyric's digital offerings, including Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter and Pasión Latina. Learn more about his fascinating career.

Meet Craig

Yo-Yo Ma reflects on the emotions of the pandemic

Music that warmly embraces you like a slice of homemade pie

Always thinking of ways to connect with people around the world through music, cellist Yo-Yo Ma responded to the ongoing pandemic by making music that would bring comfort and hope. Listen in as he talks about the new album he recorded with pianist Kathryn Stott.

Have a slice of comfort

Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Todd Rosenberg