Lyric Music & More: September 15

We’re still riding the wave of excitement and joy from For the Love of Lyric, which had its premiere on Sunday, September 13. The incredible depth of feeling expressed by the performers made us feel like we were back in the opera house with them. With outstanding performances from each and every artist, the concert stood as a shining example of how music can transcend time and place. The entire concert is now available to watch on demand on Lyric’s YouTube and Facebook pages, completely free. Set up a watch party with friends and make it an evening!

Then, hear the inspiring story of Carson Cook’s Lyric experience, watch a performance of two pieces from Blue, see how Ryan Opera Center ensemble members are transitioning to working at the Lyric Opera House, and watch a tribute to the groundbreaking contralto Marian Anderson starring Denyce Graves and Lawrence Brownlee.

For the Love of Lyric (Virtual Concert)

Carson Cook is pictured with bass-baritone Eric Owens backstage at Lyric

Carson’s Lyric story

Carson Cook has been interested in music from a very young age, and it was his experience with Lyric’s Youth Opera Council that solidified his decision to make it his profession. See how Carson’s time at Lyric gave him the confidence to pursue a career in vocal performance and even write an opera libretto.

Meet Carson

A virtual performance

Blue, in memoriam

The casts from the Glimmerglass Festival and the Washington National Opera productions of Blue, including Ryan Opera Center ensemble member Martin Luther Clark, join together in a performance honoring a long list of victims, and calling for a just, safer world for Black lives.

Lyric is proud to plan the Chicago premiere of Blue.

Remember them

The ensemble members and faculty return to Wacker Drive

Ryan Opera Center at work

For months, the members of the Ryan Opera Center ensemble have been working and rehearsing from their individual homes. Now, with the utmost care and safety, they’re finally able to meet at the Lyric Opera House to rehearse in small groups. Hear from the members about what it’s been like to make that transition and what they’re working on now.

Back to work

Honoring the legacy of a groundbreaking American singer

Marian Anderson Award Retrospective

Contralto Marian Anderson was an incredibly versatile performer, singing a broad range of styles from spirituals to opera. She was also a trailblazer in the fight for equal representation for African Americans in the arts. Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and tenor Lawrence Brownlee perform in a virtual concert as they receive the Marian Anderson Award from the Kennedy Center.

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I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.


Ludwig van Beethoven

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Photos: Ivanna Blinova, Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival, Scott Suchman Photo, Carl Van Vechten