Lyric Music & More: May 12 May 12, 2020

Are you singing at home? We certainly are. Nothing quite compares to the power of song to lift the spirits. So this week we bring you tenor Matthew Polenzani, a Lyric favorite and alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center, singing one of opera’s greatest melodies, "La donna è mobile" from Verdi’s Rigoletto. We dare you not to sing along! 

Once you’ve sufficiently inspired or bothered your neighbors, check out Sir Andrew Davis's snappy answers to our rapid-fire questions, see why Figaro can’t catch a break in a fun “Dr. Opera” sketch from Lyric and The Second City, take a virtual tour of the Lyric Opera House, and learn about the life of an opera prompter. 


Lyric’s music director and principal conductor

Patter Up: 60 seconds with Sir Andrew Davis

Since his debut engagement at Lyric in the 1987/88 Season, Sir Andrew has led 674 opera performances plus nine special concerts at Lyric. Find out his favorite Chicago restaurant and more in this lighthearted Patter Up interview.


“Nobody wants to help a barber out. Unbelievable!”

Dr. Opera: The Barber of Seville

Dr. Opera is back, and, as always, good for a giggle! This time he’s hearing Figaro gripe about always being the wingman in this comic collaboration between Lyric Opera and The Second City.


Visit our home from the comfort of yours.

Virtual Tour of the Lyric Opera House

Do you miss coming to the Lyric Opera House in person? We do, too. But, you can visit from home in this virtual tour. Learn about the history of the building, take a look backstage, and get excited for the 2020/21 Season.

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It’s an incredibly important job.

Opera 101: Who’s in that box? The life of an opera prompter

Have you ever noticed a small box at the foot of the stage? A prompter spends the entire length of the opera in that box, acting as a safety net for singers who have to remember several hours of music and words, usually in foreign languages.

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The mission of opera is to leave the surly bonds of earth and give one a sense of the infinite.

Rufus Wainwright

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