A project of the Women’s Board

Everyone will enjoy learning about this season's operas with the convenient and fun Lyric Opera Commentaries! Available again this season, you can stream all eight Commentaries free of charge.

Our Commentators simplify abstract plots, share some of their favorite musical excerpts, offer tidbits about the production, and narrate anecdotal stories of composers and cast members. The Commentaries promise to make each opera a more rewarding experience.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in honor of their parents.

The Marriage of Figaro

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

commentary by Colin Ure, free-lance Dramaturg
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Cinderella

by Gioachino Rossini

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Wozzeck

by Alban Berg

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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The Merry Widow

by Franz Lehár

commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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Bel Canto

Composed by Jimmy López 
Libretto by Nilo Cruz 
Based on the novel by Ann Patchett

commentary by Jesse Gram, Audience Education Manager
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Nabucco

by Giuseppe Verdi

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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Der Rosenkavalier

by Richard Strauss

commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Romeo and Juliet

by Charles Gounod

commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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© 2015/16 Lyric Opera Commentaries
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Classics. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver