Week of January 25: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more

This week, we have many opportunities for you to sit back and enjoy world-class performances from the comfort of your own home.

First we’ll visit our friends at The Metropolitan Opera for their “Antiheroes” streaming week, then we’ll stop by LA Opera for another digital project from an up-and-coming composer, Ellen Reid.

On Saturday, we’ll watch Hearing in Color’s multimedia event Kababayan, which celebrates music of the Philippines. Finally, we’ll finish our weekend with San Francisco Opera’s streaming of La traviata.

Lyric Opera Commentaries discuss the synopses, music, and some historical insights into the creation of the world's most beloved operas, and musical masterpieces you might never have experienced.

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

Monday, January 25

The Metropolitan Opera
Mozart: Don Giovanni

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Simon Keenlyside, Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Adam Plachetka, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Matthew Rose, and Kwangchul Youn, and was directed by Michael Grandage. Don Giovanni was conducted by Fabio Luisi on October 22, 2016. This opera stream is available until 6:30pm on January 26.

Lyric Commentary from the 2019/20 Season is by Martha Nussbaum.

Don Giovanni

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

© 2019/20 Lyric Opera Commentaries. All rights reserved.
The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.
A project of the Women’s Board.

Tuesday, January 26

The Metropolitan Opera
Rossini: Le Comte Ory

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Stéphane Degout, and Michele Pertusi, and was directed by Bartlett Sher. Le Comte Ory was conducted by Maurizio Benini on April 9, 2011.This opera stream is available until 6:30pm on January 27. 

Wednesday, January 27

The Metropolitan Opera
Gonoud: Faust

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya, and René Pape, and was directed by Des McAnuff. Faust was conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin on December 10, 2011.

Lyric Commentary from the 2017/18 Season is by Nicholas Ivor Martin.

Faust

by Charles Gounod

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

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
A project of the Women’s Board

Friday, January 29

LA Opera
Reid: Lumee's Dream 

This digital short from LA Opera is written by composer Ellen Reid and librettist Roxie Perkins, and is based on an excerpt from Reid’s 2018  opera p r i s m. Lumee's Dream features performances by mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb and violist Nadia Sirota, and is co-directed by James Darrah and Adama Larsen. This opera stream premieres on January 29, and is available through February 12. 

Saturday, January 30

Hearing in Color
Kababayan: A Celebration of Filipino Identity

This multimedia livestream from Chicago-based Hearing in Color stars Megan Fletcher, Anna De Ocampo Kain, and Amanda Noelle Neale. Kababayan is a variety show celebrating music and culture of the Philippines.

Starting at 8pm CT on Facebook, this stream will be available indefinitely.

Sunday, January 31

San Francisco Opera
Verdi: La traviata

This production from San Francisco Opera stars Nicole Cabell, Stephen Costello, Vladimir Stoyanova, and Daniel Montenegro, and was directed by John Copley. La traviata was conducted by Nicola Luisotti in 2014.

This opera stream premieres on Saturday, January 30 at 12pm CT, and will be available through Sunday, January 31.

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by David Buch.

La traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi

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

© 2018/19 Lyric Opera Commentaries. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis. The music featured in Lyric Commentaries is generously furnished by Warner Classics.
A project of the Women’s Board

Pasión Latina

Pasión Latina

Celebrate music of the Spanish-speaking world with a free virtual concert starring and hosted by renowned soprano and Lyric favorite Ana María Martínez, and featuring prominent Ryan Opera Center artists and alumni. 

These engaging artists will perform a dynamic selection of some of their favorite music from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina, and Spain, with piano accompaniment by Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry and current Ensemble pianist Chris Reynolds.

AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING THROUGH JANUARY 2021

Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter

Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter

Lyric's Ryan Opera Center presents 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 also 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.

Header photo is from Lyric's 2017/18 production of Faust (Cory Weaver). 

All other photos: Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Svetlana Pasedko, Cory Weaver

Music used in Lyric Commentaries is provided courtesy of Warner Classics, the Official Education and Promotion Music Provider of Lyric Opera of Chicago.