September 06, 2023

Lyric Music & More: September 6

In a little over two weeks, on September 23, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman sets sail at Lyric. This electrifying production from director Christopher Alden heightens the stormy mood of the supernatural tale by employing set and lighting designs that draw inspiration from early 20th century German expressionist cinema. Learn more about the vision behind the lighting design in this interview with lighting designer Anne Militello.

Plus, get to know the legendary Audra McDonald, see how the story of The Flying Dutchman has permeated pop culture, watch soprano Lisette Oropesa perform selections from her new album, and learn more about the Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions.

Get to know Audra McDonald

Discover the unparalleled artistry of Audra McDonald, the Tony-winning legend with a voice that defies comparison. Explore her remarkable journey through theater, television, and music, and don't miss a chance to see her in concert with the Lyric Opera Orchestra on October 6th.

Meet Audra

A tale with sea legs

Dive into the haunting legend of The Flying Dutchman, from maritime myth to pop culture phenomenon. Explore its origins, influence in film, TV, and music before experiencing Wagner’s spellbinding opera at Lyric.

Dive in

Lisette Oropesa sings Donizetti

Soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her Lyric debut alongside tenor Lawrence Brownlee in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment this November. Hear her talk about and perform selections from her new album, Rossini & Donizetti, French Bel Canto Arias.


Behind the scenes of Final Auditions

Each year, finalists representing the world’s finest emerging artists audition for a spot in the Ryan Opera Center’s 2024/25 Ensemble. Learn more about the process behind this competition and join us on Sunday, September 17 to watch the auditions in person.

 Discover more

Photos: Michael Cooper/Canadian Opera Company, Allison Michael Orenstein, Lyric Opera of Chicago