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 memory of their parents.

Das Rheingold

By Richard Wagner

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Commentary by Colin Ure
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Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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Les Troyens

by Hector Berlioz

Commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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Don Quichotte

by Jules Massenet

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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The Magic Flute

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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Norma

by Vincenzo Bellini

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

Commentary by Jack Zimmerman
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Eugene Onegin

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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© 2016/17 Lyric Opera Commentaries
Musical excerpts for Das Rheingold, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Quichotte, Les Troyens, The Magic Flute, Carmen, and Norma provided through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Music for Eugene Onegin furnished through an arrangement with Universal Music. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg