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.

WEST SIDE STORY: Audiences and Critics Weigh In!

"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. 

WEST SIDE STORY: Behind the Scenes Videos

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 Mongea protégé of the great Jerome Robbins