March 07, 2023

Lyric Music & More: March 7

In just over two weeks, the world premiere production Proximity takes the stage at Lyric. Many aspects of this show are daringly innovative, but one of the most striking is its unconventional stage design. Using a quarter-pipe LED screen on which the artists can move around, the creators can really “make anything happen” on stage. Learn more about this thrilling new trio of operas in this video with director Yuval Sharon and production designer Jason H. Thompson.

Plus, hear from Carmen stars J’Nai Bridges and Golda Schultz, watch a panel discussion with the creators of Proximity, learn more about the background of Carmen, mark your calendar for the release of The Factotum on Film, explore the galleries at EXPO Chicago, and reserve your seat for the 2023/24 Season Preview.

Mixing it up

How do you keep a complex character like Carmen from turning into a caricature or cliche? J’Nai Bridges and Golda Schultz, who star in Lyric’s upcoming production of Carmen discuss the difficulties of avoiding these pitfalls and more. See what they had to say.

Hear directly from Anna Deavere Smith and more

Join legendary playwright, now librettist, Anna Deavere Smith, renowned composers Daniel Bernard Roumain and Caroline Shaw, and celebrated director Yuval Sharon for a panel conversation on March 20, presented in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival.

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Carmen’s freedom

Is Carmen a victim of a judgmental society or a feminist icon? Or something far more complex? Dive into this legendary character, the historical background of this opera, and more in this fascinating article by Martha Nussbaum.

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The Factotum on Film

Due to its limited run and the high interest in the production, Lyric will release the film of The Factotum, directed by Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash, for free online viewing early this spring. In addition to the full performance, the film will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

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Explore EXPO Chicago

Looking for things to do in Chicago this April? After Carmen and Proximity close, EXPO CHICAGO returns to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall this April 13–16 for its tenth anniversary edition. Lyric audiences can access $5 off Single and Three Day admissions with promo code SILVEREDITION.


Preview the 2023/24 Season

Don’t forget to reserve your tickets for the 2023/24 Season Preview! Hear music from the upcoming season and be among the first to hear the exciting details about the operas, events, and stars, directly from Lyric Music Director Enrique Mazzola and General Director Anthony Freud.

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera, Kwaku Alston, Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg, Faith Kelsey/EXPO Chicago, Joe Mazza