Free Preview Events for "Bel Canto"
As Lyric prepares for the much-anticipated world premiere of Bel Canto, Lyric Unlimited is offering a series of three free, public events that explore the creation and themes of this powerful new opera. We hope you’ll join us — read more about the events and how you and your book club can make the most of this unique opportunity to experience a novel-turned opera below!
View our online Bel Canto opera guide (PDF for printing) to learn more about the creation of this world premiere.
Please note: Registration is strongly encouraged for these free, public events. Capacity is limited and ticketed attendees will receive priority access. Register by clicking below!
An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Bel Canto Composer Jimmy López
Sunday, November 8 at 2pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago
Join us for an afternoon of chamber music performed by members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, curated and hosted by Jimmy López, composer of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world-premiere production of Bel Canto. This concert will feature music by Bach, Stravinsky, Grisey, and López.
Performers: Jennifer Bouton Schaub, flute; Gene Collerd, clarinet*; Carol Cook, viola; Paul Dwyer, cello; Patrick Godon, piano*; Bing Grant, violin; Kay Kim, piano*; William Koehler, piano*; Ann Palen, violin; Walter Preucil, cello; Mary Stolper, flute*; Andrea Swan, piano*; Susan Warner, clarinet; Eric Weimer, conductor; Heather Wittels, violin
*Guest artist with Lyric Opera Orchestra members
From Page to Stage: A Conversation with Bel Canto author Ann Patchett and Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming
Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm
Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street, Chicago
Join Lyric Opera creative consultant and Bel Canto curator Renée Fleming and Bel Canto author Ann Patchett for an intimate discussion of the journey involved in transforming a best-selling novel about an operatic diva into a Lyric Opera of Chicago world premiere.
The Creation of a World Premiere: Join the Bel Canto creative team as they discuss the evolution of an original opera.
Wednesday, December 2 at 6pm
Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Lyric Unlimited presents a panel discussion on the creation of an original opera including Bel Canto composer Jimmy López and librettist Nilo Cruz, director Kevin Newbury, conductor and Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis, and soprano Danielle de Niese, moderated by Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines.
Bring Your Book Club to Bel Canto
If you're a lover of great stories, consider reading Ann Patchett's best-selling novel Bel Canto this fall, and share the experience through a book club. Whether you're already part of a book club, or want to encourage a group of friends to read this page-turning drama together, Lyric has the discussion and background tools to help you make the most of it. Book clubs receive special discounts on opera tickets, plus the opportunity to attend one of two complimentary pre-show receptions for book clubs on December 10 or January 5. Group leaders also receive a free copy of Bel Canto.
Learn more at lyricopera.org/bookclub and view the Bel Canto Book Club Discussion Guide (or download the PDF for printing).
If you already have a group, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your opera tickets today!