Lyric Music & More: July 14

In the heart of summer, our Ryan Opera Center artists are hard at work bringing us joyful songs to keep our spirits high. In a new video from our Ryan Opera Center From Home series, recent baritone alumnus Christopher Kenney joins ROC Music Director Craig Terry to serenade us with the classic song “Daisy Bell,” better known as “Bicycle Built for Two,” written by Harry Dacre and later recorded by Nat King Cole.

For more inspiration, see how Lyric Opera Orchestra members have found ways to improve the lives of hospital patients with personalized virtual performances. Then, hear from Lawrence Brownlee on why there are so few Black tenors on opera stages. Plus, fall in love with Mozart all over again, and have some fun face painting with the kiddos!


Musicians participate in Sharing Notes bedside virtual concerts

Lyric Opera Orchestra members deliver comfort and connection

Lyric Opera Orchestra members have been finding great ways to connect through music during the pandemic. One meaningful way is through Sharing Notes, a Chicago non-profit (est. 2012) that strives to improve quality of life for hospital patients through intimate and uplifting live performances.



Lawrence Brownlee shares his thoughts on how the opera industry can and should change around the world

ABC News: Lawrence Brownlee is in limited company as a star Black tenor. He has some ideas why.

In this revealing interview from ABC News, tenor Lawrence Brownlee discusses his experiences with racial discrimination, activism, mentorship, and how the opera industry can and should change around the world. The world-renowned tenor returns to Lyric for a virtual concert event on July 26.



New York Times interviews top artists on their favorite pieces

Five minutes that will make you love Mozart

Do you love Mozart? Mark Hamill does. And if you don’t already, one of these artists, from Mitsuko Uchida to Condoleezza Rice, will give you a good reason to listen now.



Miss Heather shares a basic face-painting lesson

Face-paint with the kids this summer!

Need a fun, new activity to do with your little ones? Follow Miss Heather's face-painting lesson. She guides you step by step on how to transform yourself into a character from Mozart’s The Magic Flute! heard so deeply, that it is not heard at all, but you are the music, while the music lasts

T. S. Eliot

A call for advocacy

The situation right now for the arts is dire. As Congress debates the next round of COVID relief, we encourage you to contact your elected officials in support of strong federal support for the arts. You can read more at Arts Alliance Illinois Covid Relief Policy Agenda for the Arts and send an email to your elected officials here. We need your voice and your support!

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Simon Pauly