September 07, 2022

Lyric Music & More: September 7

It’s September, and the entire company at Lyric Opera of Chicago could not be more excited about opening a new season this Friday, September 9th! First, a Verdi tour-de-force takes the stage with Music Director Enrique Mazzola at the podium for an all-star Ernani. Just a week later, a critically-acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof opens — and today you get to hear directly from the talented cast of Broadway stars who will bring this beloved classic to life. Meet the artists and find out why Fiddler has become such a “Tradition!” with audiences.

Plus, hear from Ernani director Louisa Muller, explore the orchestra pit with Music Director Enrique Mazzola, get to know the new work The Brightness of Light that will premiere in October and beautifully mingle the best of art and music, see how Quinn Kelsey and Chrisitan Van Horn became best friends, and mark your calendar for two free events: Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions and Chicago Live!

Director Louisa Muller on Ernani

Louisa Muller has directed a number of works for Lyric in recent years including Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, and La bohème. In a new video interview, she talks about her approach to this gorgeous, period production of the early Verdi work Ernani, opening September 9.

Exploring with Enrique: Orchestra pit

What is Maestro Mazzola’s favorite seat in the house? Find out in this episode of “Exploring with Enrique,” as Lyric’s dynamic music director takes you inside the orchestra pit, or as he likes to call it, his other favorite office.

Get to know: The Brightness of Light

On October 8, Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry give the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, the fascinating story of the love between legendary painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz told through love letters. Learn more about this exciting new work.

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Quinn Kelsey and Christian Van Horn: Opera besties

Two of the most in-demand Verdi artists in the world both have deep roots at Lyric, and have formed a very close friendship. See how Quinn and Christian met and why they love performing together, as they will this month in Ernani.

Get to know them

Mark your calendar for two free events

Who doesn’t love a free performance? Coming soon are two free events: The Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions on September 20, where some of the world's finest emerging singers vie for a spot in next season's 2023/24 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, and Chicago Live! at Navy Pier September 24-25, a free performance festival featuring more than 60 of the city’s top musical, theatrical, dance, and cultural organizations with back-to-back performances.

Learn more about The Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions

Learn more about Chicago Live! at Navy Pier

Photos: Iko Freese/Komische Oper Berlin, Simon Pauly, Joe Mazza, Lawrence K Ho/LA Opera, Todd Rosenberg, Lyric Opera of Chicago