Week of September 14: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more

This week in opera streaming, we're traveling far and wide! On Monday, we'll visit our friends at Opera Australia for their 2013 production of Don Pasquale. Then, we'll head to Opera North for their 2016 Ring cycle, and then we'll celebrate the weekend with productions from Houston Grand Opera.  

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've never experienced. 

Explore Lyric Commentaries to make the most out of your opera streaming experience. 

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

Monday, September 14

Lyric Opera of Chicago
For the Love of Lyric 

Lyric is excited to present the world premiere of a unique, free virtual concert from the stage of the Lyric Opera House.

For the Love of Lyric's starry lineup is led by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming and features special guests, including Tony Award® and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-actress Heather Headley, sopranos Ailyn Pérez and Julia Bullock, bass Soloman Howard, and mezzo-soprano and Ryan Opera Center alumna J'Nai Bridges, with Doug Peck serving as music director. Members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and members of the Chicago Children's Choir will also perform in this enlightening and entertaining program of familiar and revelatory selections from the worlds of opera, Broadway, popular music, and some surprising sources. 

Visit our production page to listen to a special commentary from dramaturg Roger Pines as he delves into what to expect from this unique virtual concert. 


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Opera Australia
Donizetti: Don Pasquale

This production from Opera Australia stars Conal Coad, Rachelle Durkin, Ji-Min Park, and Samuel Dundas, and was directed by Roger Hodgman. Don Pasquale was conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire in 2013. This opera stream will be available indefinitely.

Lyric Commentary from the 2012/13 Season is by Roger Pines.  

Don Pasquale

By Gaetano Donizetti

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

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Tuesday, September 15

Opera North
Wagner: Das Rheingold

This production from Opera North stars Michael Druiett, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Jo Pohlheim, and Mats Almgren, and was directed by Peter Mumford. Das Rheingold was conducted by Richard Farnes in June 2016. This opera stream will be available indefinitely. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2016/17 Season is by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman. Lyric Commentary from the 2019/20 Season is by Colin Ure. 

Das Rheingold

By Richard Wagner

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

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Commentary by Colin Ure
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Wednesday, September 16

Opera North
Wagner: Die Walküre

This production from Opera North stars Kelly Cae Hogan, Lee Bisset, Michael Weinius, and Robert Hayward, and was directed by Peter Mumford. Die Walküre was conducted by Richard Farnes in June 2016. This opera stream will be available indefinitely. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2017/18 Season is by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin. 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 W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Commentary by Colin Ure
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Thursday, September 17

Opera North
Wagner: Siegfried

This production from Opera North stars Lars Cleveman, Katherine Broderick, Richard Roberts, and Mats Almgren, and was directed by Peter Mumford. Siegfried was conducted by Richard Farnes in June 2016. This opera stream will be available indefinitely. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Colin Ure. 

Siegfried

By Richard Wagner

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

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Friday, September 18

Opera North
Wagner: Götterdämmerung

This production from Opera North stars Kelly Cae Hogan, Mati Turi, Mats Almgren, Giselle Allen, and Andrew Foster-Williams, and was directed by Peter Mumford. Götterdämmerung was conducted by Richard Farnes in June 2016. This opera stream will be available indefinitely. 

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

Götterdämmerung

By Richard Wagner

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

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Saturday, September 19

Houston Grand Opera
Handel: Ariodante

This production from Houston Grand Opera stars Susan Graham, Alexandra Coku, Christine Brandes, and Sally Burgess. Ariodante was conducted by Christopher Hogwood in 2003. This radio broadcast will be available until October 26, 2020. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Derek Matson. 

Ariodante

by George Frideric Handel 

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

Commentary by Derek Matson
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Sunday, September 20

Houston Grand Opera
Donizetti: The Elixir of Love

This production from Houston Grand Opera stars Ramon Vargas, Ana María Martínez, and Alfonso Antoniozzi, and was directed by Garnett Bruce. The Elixir of Love was conducted by Patrick Summers in 2000. This radio broadcast will be available until early November. 

Photos: Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg, 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.