It may be cold outside, but things are heating up inside the opera house with only three more chances to catch Don Giovanni and two more opportunities to see "The Three Queens"  both critically acclaimed. In this month's issue, browse our holiday gift guide and be inspired to find that perfect gift for the friends and family. When the second half of our season is back in 2020, we return with Madama Butterfly and The Queen of Spades, in two highly-anticipated productions featuring artists who are beloved to Lyric audiences.. Don't forget  the Ring cycle is quickly approaching, so get your tickets before you miss out on the opera event of the season!

As always, we are grateful for your support and for your generosity in sharing the gift of Lyric with others. We couldn't do all we do without you.

Happy Holidays!

Dramatic gowns fit for three queens

Sondra Radvanovsky’s theatrically magnificent “Three Queens” gowns, which made their debuts Sunday in a performance that was called "glorious" by the Chicago Tribune and is quickly turning into the can't-miss event of the season, evoke the operatic and actual queens without being historical artifacts. American designer Rubin Singer has created three extraordinary fashion statements, collaborating with jewelry designer and philanthropist Ann Ziff, who also underwrote the creation of the gowns.

An enchanting afternoon with Sir Bryn Terfel

We don’t have to tell you twice – Sir Bryn Terfel is one of the most beloved artists of our time. The Welsh bass-baritone is known internationally for his magnificent voice and captivating personality. This February, Sir Bryn will make his grand return to Lyric in a solo recital after almost 15 years.

The choice to love

Madama Butterfly is one of the most beloved operas in the repertory, ranking sixth in performance frequency in the U.S. and Europe (2009-14). Its popularity is easy to understand, for its soaring, heart-rending lyricism and tragic story of love and commitment have always moved audiences deeply. And yet, Butterfly is also one of the most reviled operas today, charged with a condescending use of ethnic stereotypes and with a cruel objectification of women’s suffering. While audiences need to sort out these debates for themselves, this essay offers some guidance, ultimately giving a strong defense of the work.

Bring magic, music, and memories to life this holiday season

The soul-stirring performances you experience at Lyric are made possible each year by the generosity of thousands of loyal patrons just like you.

As a nonprofit arts organization, Lyric depends on community support. People like you, from all walks of life, giving gifts of all sizes, cover nearly two-thirds of the costs of great opera.

Photos: Andrew Eccles, Kyle Flubacker, Mitch Jenkins/Deutsche Grammophon, Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera, Marie-Noëlle Robert/Théâtre du Châtelet, Todd Rosenberg