Lyric Music & More: January 26

Tomorrow marks the 265th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most prolific and influential composers in history. To celebrate the occasion, we bring you a lovely excerpt from Idomeneo. Though not as well known as The Marriage of Figaro or The Magic Flute, this opera is filled with gorgeous melodies that reach deep into the soul of each character. In this scene, the captive princess Ilia, portrayed by soprano Janai Brugger, thinks of her lover Idamante and asks the breezes to carry her love to him.

Plus, learn more about Mozart with 15 facts about the great composer, hear artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Julia Bullock, and Lawrence Brownlee talk about their experiences as classical musicians, test your knowledge of opera characters, and preview a new album from baritone Will Liverman.

Black Experience in the Concert Hall: The Mozart Effect

A radio program from WQXR, hosted by Terrance McKnight

Host Terrance McKnight leads a conversation with artists Sanford Allen, Lawrence Brownlee, Julia Bullock, Alvin McCall, and Bobby McFerrin about their experiences in the concert hall and the unique challenges people of color face in the classical music world.

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15 facts about Mozart

Do you know what his last completed opera was?

Most people know who Mozart is, but how much do you know about the prolific composer? Get more familiar with the musical genius and while you’re at it, you might find a few new films to add to your watch list.

Get the facts

Who am I?

How many can you guess?

Test your knowledge of opera characters with this fun quiz. Based on a few statements, see if you can guess the name of the character, then challenge your friends to beat your score!

Guess who

Something you’ll want to hear

Great music to look forward to

NPR classical music editor Tom Huizenga reviews two albums he’s looking forward to in 2021. One is by baritone and Ryan Opera Center alumnus Will Liverman, whose debut recital album Dreams of a New Day drops February 12. You can also catch him in Lyric's upcoming video documentary Creating The Factotum.

Hear a preview

Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kyle Flubacker, Allison Michael Orenstein, Jaclyn Simpson