January 10, 2024

Lyric Music & More: January 10

“You will not have seen anything quite like it,” says Champion director James Robinson. Returning to Lyric after directing Terence Blanchard’s second opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Robinson shares the story of Champion and why you should see it. Hear more from him and get a peek at the opera set in this interview.

Plus, read about the legacy of legendary director Jean-Pierre Ponelle, hear from Terence Blanchard about how he composed Champion, watch the film of Lawrence Brownlee and Friends in Concert, join us at Center on Halsted for OUT at the Opera with Dr. Lady J, and check out Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s winter program.

The enduring legacy of Jean Pierre Ponelle

Lyric’s production of Rossini’s Cinderella features a set designed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, the legendary French director whose productions have outlived him by decades. Learn more about his enduring legacy and what to expect from Cinderella.

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Taking a solo

Five time Grammy Award®-winning artist Terence Blanchard boasts an enormous body of work, from his jazz albums as a trumpet player to his film scores, and now his operas. Learn more about this trailblazing musician in this short interview with the Champion composer.

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Lawrence Brownlee and Friends, the film

You can now watch the filmed concert Lawrence Brownlee and Friends streaming free in its entirety. This concert of vocal excellence features performances by Lawrence Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Ronnita Miller, and more, plus never-before-seen interviews with the artists.

OUT at the Opera with Dr. Lady J

Join us at Center on Halsted for an intimate event with Dr. Lady J, the world’s first drag queen with a Ph.D. in musicology. Delve into the captivating history of drag in opera with her lecture, Castrated Superstars, Cross-Dressed Divas, and Queer Lovers: A History of Drag in Opera.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Of Hope

A special offer from our friends at Hubbard Street Dance: enjoy 20% off tickets for their Winter Series: Of Hope at the MCA February 23 – March 3, featuring works by Randy Duncan, Rennie Harris, FLOCK, Maria Torres, and Resident Artist Aszure Barton. Use promo code HSHOPE before selecting your seats.

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Photos: Cedric Angeles, Lyric Opera of Chicago