Lyric Music & More: May 5 May 5, 2020

Sometimes, we long for life's pleasures. The companionship of friends, the joy of good food and wine — who knows this better than Violetta in La traviata? While we may not be as seemingly carefree and ready to entertain as the famed Parisian party girl these days, we can still take some inspiration from this excerpt as we hear Albina Shagimuratova and Giorgio Berrugi let loose in "Sempre libera." Additionally, you’ll find a fascinating interview on the use of opera in films, a heartfelt performance by Lawrence Brownlee, and some fun new Zoom backgrounds to show off your Lyric Opera pride!

This week also brings a special opportunity: today is Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of giving and unity. Now more than ever, Lyric needs your support, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous challenge gift. We hope to raise $10 million to help carry Lyric through this difficult time. See below for more information on how to participate in this heroic effort and have your gift matched. 



 WFMT’s Lisa Flynn interviews Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips

Opera in film: “It’s irresistible.”

From The Shawshank Redemption and Moonstruck to Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes and more, hear from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips as he joins WFMT’s Lisa Flynn to discuss the role of opera in film. 

Lisa Flynn interviews movie critic Michael Phillips on the uses of opera in major films
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Participate in #GivingTuesdayNow and have your gift matched

Today is Giving Tuesday Now

We hope that today, you’ll show your love for Lyric on #GivingTuesdayNow. No gift is too small, and your contribution will go twice as far thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match by members of Lyric's Overture Society.



We can’t wait to welcome you back to Lyric

The 2020|21 Season we all need

Craving great live performances? You aren’t alone. Nothing can substitute for the thrill of being together with other music lovers to watch a gorgeous production. Join us in looking forward to the 2020/21 Season, when live performances will be back.



A Lyric favorite sings from home

Hear Lawrence Brownlee perform “Amazing Grace”

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee has become a Lyric favorite. We hope you enjoy this recently released, at-home performance that he’s dedicated to the healthcare workers and victims of Covid-19.



Picture yourself at Lyric

Lyric Zoom backgrounds for your enjoyment

If your new normal includes video conference calls throughout the day, you can now show off your Lyric love with custom Zoom backgrounds. From the grandeur of the opera house to your favorite productions, picture yourself at Lyric!

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.

Billy Joel

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Shervin Lainez, Pittsburgh Opera/c.2018 David Bachman Photography, Todd Rosenberg