Lyric’s general director Anthony Freud, a great champion of creative crosstown partnerships, chose Orphée et Eurydice for the first-ever production by Lyric with The Joffrey Ballet. To create the new production, Freud engaged the legendary choreographer John Neumeier, longtime artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet.
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For Lyric, September always means the end of summer, and the beginning of a new season. The 63rd season opens with the highly anticipated new production of Orphée et Eurydice, the first Lyric production to feature The Joffrey Ballet. Rigoletto follows, starting on October 7, with Quinn Kelsey and Matthew Polenzani returning to Lyric. Once you've read about what to expect on stage in the upcoming months, join us on September 8 for "Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" and September 10 at the Harris Theater to experience Chicago Voices: Community Created Performances — both of which are free events.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Lyric!
Three unique, Chicago-based community groups will take the stage to present Stories and Songs of Chicago as part of Lyric Unlimited’s groundbreaking Chicago Voices initiative. Blu Rhythm Collective, Kuumba Lynx, and YOLO Boomers will each perform their compelling works that have taken shape over the past 15 weeks.
Rigoletto may have premiered in 1851, but its universal themes are what have made it a classic that stands the test of time. Director E. Loren Meeker is preparing to bring this riveting story and its unforgettable characters to life in a way that speaks with a relevant voice to today's audiences.
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