June 29, 2021

Lyric Music & More: June 29

Just over two weeks ago we had the pleasure of experiencing a virtual cabaret with some of the biggest Broadway stars. For those of us who have sorely missed the thrill of live musical theater, The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater was like a breath of fresh air. One of the highlights was Norm Lewis’s performance of the stirring soliloquy “Stars” from the hit musical Les Misérables, in which the implacable, self-righteous Javert asserts that just as surely as the stars keep watch at night, he will stop at nothing to find Valjean. Watch this memorable clip, and then check out the full performance, available now to stream on demand.

Plus, listen to new Lyric Audio Streaming releases, watch Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter while you still can, see which big chorus number is pulling ahead in The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown, and hear what Lyric leadership, staff, and artists have to say about the upcoming season.

It’s been so gratifying to bring you this content each week. As the 2020/21 season draws to a close, our staff is getting ready to welcome you back to the opera house in September for live performances. You can look forward to a monthly Lyric Music & More email instead of receiving one each week. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube so that you don't miss a note.

Lyric Audio Streaming: new releases

It’s been so exciting to discover the many live-performance recordings released from Lyric’s archives through the Lyric Audio Streaming project, and we’re thrilled to share the last batch of the season. Starting tomorrow, listen to performance recordings of Lyric's Nabucco, Norma, La traviata, and The Barber of Seville.

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Last chance: Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter

July 26, 2021, will mark one year since the premiere of Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter. If you haven’t watched it yet, the full concert is streaming on demand through July 25  watch it now while you can!

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The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown

Last week we opened the competition to see which Verdi chorus is the true audience favorite. So far, “Va, pensiero” from Verdi's Nabucco is polling ahead of all the others! Listen to the recordings today and make your voice heard by voting.

Choose your favorite

What are you looking forward to in Lyric’s 2021/22 Season?

Lyric’s leadership, staff, musicians, and artists are thrilled to be returning to live mainstage performances in the 2021/22 Season. Hear from Maestro Enrique Mazzola, soprano Ana María Martínez, and others about what they look forward to in the upcoming season.

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Cory Weaver, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Eric Woolsey/Opera Theatre of Saint Louis