Week of September 7: Lyric Commentaries for opera streaming and more!

It's "French week" at The Metropolitan Opera. Now is your chance to escape to France as you watch some of your favorite French operas by beloved composers Jules Massenet, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, and Hector Berlioz. This week you also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of Richard Jones's staging of La bohème, presented at Lyric in the 2018/19 Season, with The Royal Opera House's five-part docuseries, Following Pappano. 

Finally, don't miss our upcoming virtual concert, For the Love of Lyric, on Sunday, September 13 at 6pm that features acclaimed musical artists Renée Fleming, Heather Headley, Ailyn Pérez, Soloman Howard, J’Nai Bridges, and Julia Bullock, Members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, and the Chicago Children's Choir performing your favorite songs from opera, Broadway, and some suprising sources. Doug Peck serves as music director.  

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. Visit the production page for For the Love of Lyric to listen to a special commentary from dramaturg Roger Pines as he delves into what to expect from this unique virtual concert. 

View more 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 7

The Metropolitan Opera
Massenet: Manon

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, Paulo Szot, and David Pittsinger, and was directed by Laurent Pelly. Manon was conducted by Fabio Luisi on April 7, 2012. This opera stream will be available until September 8 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2008/09 Season is by Roger Pines. 

Manon

By Jules Massenet

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 8

The Metropolitan Opera
Gonoud: Roméo et Juliette

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore, and Mikhail Petrenko, and was directed by Bartlett Sher. Roméo et Juliette was conducted by Gianandrea Noseda on January 12, 2017. This opera stream will be available until Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2015/16 Season is by Roger Pines. 

Romeo and Juliet

by Charles Gounod

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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Wednesday, September 9

The Royal Opera House
Following Pappano

Presented by The Royal Opera House and BBC Radio 4, Following Pappano is a five-part series following music director Sir Antonio Pappano as he prepares to conduct Richard Jones's staging of La bohème in 2017. This production of La bohème opened Lyric's 2018/19 Season. Following Pappano premiered on Monday, August 31, and will be available through Sunday, September 20. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Wynne Delacoma. 

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

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

Commentary by Wynne Delacoma
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Thursday, September 10

The Metropolitan Opera
Massenet: Cendrillon

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naouri, and was directed by Laurent Pelly. Cendrillon was conducted by Bertrand de Billy on April 28, 2018. This opera stream will be available until Friday, September 11 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2018/19 Season is by Roger Pines. 

Cendrillon

by Jules Massenet

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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Friday, September 11

The Metropolitan Opera
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecień, and Nicolas Testé, and was directed by Penny Woolcock. Les Pêcheurs de Perles was conducted by Gianandrea Noseda on January 16, 2016. This opera stream will be until available Saturday, September 12 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2017/18 Season is by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman. 

The Pearl Fishers

by Georges Bizet

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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Saturday, September 12

The Metropolitan Opera
Berlioz: Les Troyens

This production from The Metropolitan Opera stars Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Eric Cutler, Dwayne Croft, and Kwangchul Youn, and was directed by François Girard. Les Troyens was conducted by Fabio Luisi on January 5, 2013. This opera stream will be available until Sunday, September 13 at 6:30pm. 

Lyric Commentary from the 2015/16 Season is by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin. 

Les Troyens

by Hector Berlioz

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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Sunday, September 13

Lyric Opera of Chicago
For the Love of Lyric 

On September 13, 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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