Enrique Mazzola joins the Lyric family

Have you heard the news? Lyric has a new music director designate! Meet Enrique Mazzola.

Widely recognized as one of today’s foremost interpreters and champions of bel canto opera and a leading specialist in French repertoire and early Verdi, the eminent Italian maestro is in high demand worldwide as both an operatic and symphonic conductor.

Beginning with the 2021|22 season, he will take the helm as Lyric's next music director. Meanwhile, we had the privilege to welcome Enrique to the podium this past October as the conductor of Luisa Miller, kicking off the early Verdi series.

It's worth catching Luisa Miller just to witness the work of Mazzola, a masterly conductor with an evident theatrical sensibility. He brings shining promise for the near future at Lyric Opera.

— Chicago on the Aisle

Join us as we take a look behind the scenes as Maestro Mazzola prepared to enter the orchestra pit for the first time as music director designate...

Heading to the orchestra pit, via backstage elevator



A glimpse backstage, prior to curtain



Checking in with stage management



A warm welcome from the opening night audience for Maestro and orchestra



Performance in progress



Bows all around!

You can keep up with Enrique Mazzola's activities and projects while he is away from Lyric on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg