Now that it feels like summer outside, our work schedule inside the opera house is really starting to heat up as we prepare to bring you a showstopping 2019/20 Season.

In this issue, be sure to check out what books inspired some of today's great operas — including the upcoming Dead Man Walking. We'll also give you an insider preview on Krassimira Stoyanova, who will be seen on stage as Luisa in Luisa Miller, as well as a summer guide to what some of our staff is up to in the off-season.

We also invite you to explore more about the exciting Lyric debut of Blue, which will be presented at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare in June 2020.

Enjoy this special July/August edition, and we'll see you in September for Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park on September 6 and the special Maria Callas Hologram concert in the opera house on September 7 and the Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions September 15.

The stupendous Krassimira Stoyanova: A glorious Verdi soprano returns to Lyric

When you’re at the Lyric Opera House in the coming season, you’ll have the chance to revel in the long-awaited return of a work that’s gone unheard at Lyric for nearly 40 years ⁠— Verdi’s magnificent Luisa Miller. One reason for its rarity is the challenge of finding the right singer for the title role. We’re excited to welcome back as Luisa the world-renowned Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, currently at the peak of her triumphant career.

Staff Artist Spotlight

To work at a place like Lyric, it’s important for a person to be passionate about the performing arts. But the Lyric staff’s dedication to the arts doesn’t stop at our stage! Read more to learn about nine of our staff members and their own artistic summer plans and projects.

From Page to Stage: When literature gives way to great opera

This November, Lyric is proud to present one of the most powerful operas of the 21st century, Dead Man Walking, based on Sister Helen Prejean’s riveting account of serving as a spiritual adviser to a death-row inmate. Read the book, then see it come to life in an entirely new form, with the option to bring your book club for special savings and perks.