March 06, 2019

Bel Canto – Page to Stage

As Lyric prepares to present the world premiere of Bel Canto on December 7 of this year, now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the written work that started it all.  Bel Canto, the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett, is the early fall focus of many book groups.  

All of us at Lyric are eager to make Bel Canto the focus of your fall reading and we’re pleased to offer the brand-new Bel Canto book-and-opera discussion guide.  The guide is designed to be your companion as you explore the novel and then consider the transformation from written work to full operatic presentation.

The Bel Canto discussion guide is available here and is also formatted as an easy-to-print file for hard-copy sharing.  

We are eager to hear your comments about the book, and from your book group.  You can connect with us via Lyric’s Facebook page and keep us posted on your progress.  

Lyric Opera world premiere generously made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Helen and Sam Zell, Ethel and William Gofen, Ada and Whitney Addington, the Walter E. Heller Foundation, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Prince Charitable Trusts.

Bel Canto was created with funds from the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, which was awarded to Jimmy López and Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013.

Steingraeber & Söhne is the Official Piano of Lyric’s new production of Bel Canto, in partnership with the Grand Piano Haus, Skokie, Illinois.
Steingraeber & Söhne Grand Piano Haus