Lyric Music & More: November 24

This holiday week feels very different from most that we’ve experienced. With many people unable to join their families to gather around a feast and celebrate, it feels like we’re up against an “unbeatable foe.” Still, we forge ahead and find new ways to connect with one another and be thankful for what we have. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than Soloman Howard singing “The Impossible Dream.” In this popular song from Man of La Mancha, our protagonist declares he will “follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far.” It’s one of many beautiful performances from For the Love of Lyric, which is available to watch through Dec. 1.

Plus, see some of our cherished moments with soprano Renée Fleming, dig into some of our favorite Rossini-inspired opera meals, see how opera tells a story, learn how your donations support great programs, and catch new episodes of Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis and Breaking Down the Score.

"The Impossible Dream" with Solomon Howard

Bass Soloman Howard makes us all believe it's possible to reach the unreachable star with his soaring rendition of "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha (Leigh/Darion).

Artist Spotlight: Renée Fleming

A legendary voice

Here’s something we’re thankful for this year: our longstanding relationship with spectacular artists like the one and only Renée Fleming. Take a look back at some of her incredible performances here, including the virtual concert For the Love of Lyric.

Dive in

Rossini: composing the perfect meal

Tickle your taste buds and your ears

Did you know that Rossini was one of the top foodies of his day? The celebrated composer even had several dishes named after him. Try pairing one of these dishes with the upcoming virtual concert Sole e Amore featuring works by Rossini and other beloved Italian composers.

Dig in

Opera tells a story with Miss A.J.

A guide for the young and opera-curious

Keep the young ones entertained with this video by teaching artist Miss A.J. as she instructs kids on what to listen for when taking in an opera.

Support Lyric on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1)

How we’ll put your donation to work

When you make a gift to Lyric in support of #GivingTuesday, we'll put your donation to work presenting virtual concerts,  showcasing The Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, and sharing educational resources for adults and children to enjoy and learn at home.

Lyric in motion

Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis

Episode 4: Leroy Davis & Maria Novella Malfatti

Step behind the scenes as Music Director Sir Andrew Davis leads a series of one-on-one master classes focused on one of his favorite operas: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with members of the 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. In this episode, hear first-year baritone Leroy Davis as Count Almaviva and first-year soprano Maria Novella Malfatti as Susanna, accompanied by Chris Reynolds on piano.

Breaking Down the Score: Attila with Maestro Enrique Mazzola

Part 8: Scena e Aria Attila

Attila wakes from a nightmare, his heart frozen by fear as he recounts being turned away from the gates of Rome by a ghostly old man. The melody (which is reminiscent of the Commendatore from Mozart’s Don Giovanni), is repeated four times before Attila shakes off the feeling of dread and decides to take action in a powerful cabaletta and massive finale.

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“If music be the food of love, play on”

William Shakespeare

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