"A big, traditional, get-your-money's-worth West Side Story opens soon at the Lyric Opera," promised the Chicago Tribune in April — and on opening weekend, thousands of musical theater lovers packed the Lyric Opera House to see for themselves.
The Sharks and Jets are ready to rumble, and in this issue, you can glimpse behind the scenes and read about Lyric's new production of West Side Story that's winning critical and audience acclaim. You'll enjoy articles about Lyric's fall early Verdi work, Luisa Miller and a new, original on-stage production from Lyric Unlimited's EmpowerYouth! program. Plus, join us in welcoming the new Ryan Opera Center ensemble, and learn more about the epic Ring cycle you won't want to miss. This issue of Lyric Notes will catch you up on all the exciting news for the month of May and how to create more memorable Lyric experiences.
Join us behind the scenes and meet director Francesca Zambello, who discusses West Side Story for the 21st century; meet the principal artists as they pour their hearts into this masterpiece; and see the work of acclaimed choreographer Julio Monge, a protégé of the great Jerome Robbins.
For one night only see We Got Next!, a new work performed by participants in EmpowerYouth!, a collaborative program between the Chicago Urban League and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Lyric’s New RING Will be Here in Less Than a Year — Now is the Time to Secure Your Full Cycle Experience
Lyric’s new Ring is a hot ticket! Ringheads and neophytes alike from around the world will converge in Chicago next spring for the exhilarating, immersive experience of the four-part cycle, which unfolds as a musically and dramatically thrilling journey.
Commemorate your visit to Lyric and support the power of the human voice with a limited-edition West Side Story souvenir from Lyric’s OperaShop. Here’s a sneak peek of the items!
Three gifted artists from Illinois, Texas, and Minnesota—soprano Mathilda Edge, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Felty, and bass Anthony Reed—join The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center this month, and we’re delighted to welcome them to Lyric's internationally acclaimed artist-development program.