Week 20: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

Welcome to another week of opera streaming! For a limited time, you can rewatch the magic of Lyric's incredible July 26 virtual concert, Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter, which features Ryan Opera Center alumni and current Ensemble members performing works of music selected by the artists themselves.  

Also in this week's lineup are productions from Florida Grand Opera, National Polish Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and a concert series from Santa Fe Opera. From live concerts to opera classics, there's something for every music lover this week!  

Lyric Opera Commentaries discuss the synopses, music, and some historical insights into how each piece was created. It’s like a Pre-Opera Talk you can hear at home!

Enjoy the background and enjoy the operas! View more Lyric Commentaries that enhance your weekly opera streaming. 

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Monday, July 27

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center presents Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter, a free virtual concert celebrating the depth and breadth of Black artistry. Hosted by world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who also serves as artistic advisor for the event, the concert features prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni—soprano Whitney Morrison, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges, and baritone Will Liverman—and three current 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members—tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam, and baritone Leroy Davis. Performances are accompanied by Craig Terry, the GRAMMY Award-winning music director of the Ryan Opera Center, and Chris Reynolds, current Ensemble pianist. Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra also appear in a selection, performing from their homes.

Visit our production page for program notes, artist biographies, and video conversations with the evening's artists discussing their musical selections and why this concert is taking place. 


LET'S GO! 

 

Tuesday, July 28

Florida Grand Opera
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

This production from Florida Grand Opera stars Jonathan Michie, Lyubov Petrova, Calvin Griffin, Elena Galván, and Mariya Kaganskaya, and was directed by Elise Sandell. The Marriage of Figaro was conducted by Andrew Bisantz. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2016/17 Season is by Colin Ure. 

Lyric will be presenting The Marriage of Figaro in the upcoming 2021 Season. Visit our production page to learn more. 

The Marriage of Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Wednesday, July 29

Polish National Opera
Verdi: Rigoletto

This production from Polish National Opera stars Jorge Lagunes, Ho-Yoon Chung, Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk, Łukasz Konieczny, and Anna Bernacka, and was directed by Gilberto DefloRigoletto was conducted by Patrick Fournillier. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2017/18 Season is by Colin Ure. 

Rigoletto

by Giuseppe Verdi

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Thursday, July 30

Santa Fe Opera
Songs from the Santa Fe Opera: Tristan und Isolde

Hosted by bass-baritone Ryan McKinny (recently seen at Lyric in the 2019/20 Season's Dead Man Walking and Don Giovanni), this episode of Sante Fe Opera's "Songs from the Santa Fe Opera" features selections from Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and conversations with Dramaturg Cori Ellison. 

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Friday, July 31

The Metropolitan Opera
Verdi: Il trovatore

This production from the Metropolitan Opera stars Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and was directerd by David McVicar. Il trovatore was conducted by Marco Armiliato on April 30, 2011. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Saturday, August 1. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Elinor Olin. 

Il trovatore

by Giuseppe Verdi

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Elinor Olin
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Saturday, August 1

Des Moines Metro Opera
Hoiby: Bon Appétit! 

This production from Des Moines Metro Opera stars Joyce Castle, and was directed by Nathan Troup with Elden Little at the piano. This production is part of Des Moines Metro Opera's Virtual Festival taking place through July.  

Sunday, August 2

The Metropolitan Opera
Wagner: Die Walküre

This production from the Metropolitan Opera stars Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Greer Grimsley, and Günther Groissböck, and was directed by Robert Lepage. Die Walküre was conducted by Philippe Jordan on March 30, 2019. This opera stream will be available until 6:30pm on Monday, August 3. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2019/20 Season is by Colin Ure. 

Die Walküre

By Richard Wagner

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver

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