November 01, 2022

Lyric Music & More: November 1

Some voices are truly one of a kind, and tenor Lawrence Brownlee is one of the rare performers who possesses such an instrument. A specialist in the bel canto style, Brownlee returns to Lyric as the scheming Count Ory in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory this month. Start your week off on a high note and get a taste of Brownlee’s magnificent range with this standout performance of Donizetti’s “Ah, mes amis,” from the Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter virtual concert.

Plus, get to know baritone Joshua Hopkins, learn more about Don Carlos, listen to Chris Reynolds’ new album, and don’t miss the next Beyond the Aria concert.

Spotlight on Joshua Hopkins

Baritone Joshua Hopkins is a master of the Bel Canto style and has appeared in numerous Lyric productions, including Così fan tutte and The Elixir of Love most recently. He returns in November as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory November 13-26. Learn more about him.

Get to know him

Get to know Don Carlos

Verdi’s epic masterpiece is filled with high-stakes drama, weaving a complex web of love, ambition, and betrayal. Get to know the story behind Don Carlos, on stage at Lyric November 9-25, and see what makes Lyric’s five act, French-language production so special.

Dig in

Past is Prologue

From Robert Schumann to Duke Ellington to Red Velvet, Ryan Opera Center pianist Chris Reynolds’ new album Past is Prologue was recorded during lockdown in 2020 and spans a wide range of styles. The album is available to stream now through your app of choice.

Take a listen

Go “Beyond the Aria”

Join great artists on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion on November 14 for Beyond the Aria with mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine and bass Soloman Howard, both of whom star in Don Carlos, along with Ryan Opera Center mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung.

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Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jaclyn Simpson, Monika Rittershaus/Oper Frankfurt, Jaclyn Simpson