May 11, 2021

Lyric Music & More: May 11

Through his musical brilliance and through decades of mentoring and making personal connections, Sir Andrew Davis’s influence at Lyric has been incredibly profound. We can't wait to watch the premiere of Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky on Sunday, May 16 at 6:00pm CT, with outstanding performances from the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Lyric Opera Chorus, and a cast of internationally renowned opera singers including Janai Brugger, Kayleigh Decker, Kyle Ketelsen, Amanda Majeski, and Matthew Polenzani.

We'll also hear personal tributes from artists like Renée Fleming, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, and more. To help you step inside the mind of the Maestro, we've compiled an eclectic playlist of some of his favorite music. Listen at your leisure, and get ready to celebrate with us on Sunday.

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Plus, listen to newly released recordings of I puritani, Il trovatore, and La bohème productions at Lyric, watch soprano Denis Vélez perform “La Llorona,” see what the next generation of opera lovers has to say, and explore the growing world of classical music podcasts.

Lyric Audio Streaming: New releases

This week, Lyric has released four new operas for you to listen to on demand. Recordings of I puritani, Il trovatore, and La bohème join a growing list of operas available for streaming on Lyric’s website and through a variety of online music streaming platforms.

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Young opera lovers voice their opinions

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Youth Opera Council (YOC), a group of about 20 high school students who share a passion for opera and performing arts, meet regularly over Zoom to discuss the future of opera and how to get more people interested. See what they have to say.

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“Classical Music Podcasts Begin to Flourish, at Last”

Classical music lovers have many more options lately when it comes to podcasts. The pandemic has seen huge growth in this area, from Cleveland Orchestra’s “On a personal note” to “Mission: Commission” from Miller Theater at Columbia University. See what’s out there in this piece from The New York Times.


Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg