Transport yourself to Ceylon, China, or even the underworld with these musical excerpts from the operas of our 2017/18 season. Listen for those songs you know you've heard somewhere before ("Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre or "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot) some of opera's biggest hits ("La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto or the duet "Au fond du temple saint" from The Pearl Fishers), and maybe find your new favorite aria. Listen to selections here then hear them live onstage at Lyric.

Das Rheingold

By Richard Wagner

Warner Classics label  — John Tomlinson, Hilde Leidland, Annette Küttenbaum, Jane Turner; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim.

Courtesy of Warner Classics.

"Abendlich strahlt"
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Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
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"Lugt, Schwestern”
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Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

Recording by Erato – Damrau, Calleja, Tézier, Testé, cond. Lopez Cobos. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"Chi mi frena in tal momento?"
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"Spargi d'amaro pianto”
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Les Troyens

by Hector Berlioz

Recording by EMI – Crespin, Chauvet, cond. Prêtre. Courtesy Warner Classics.

“Mahlheureux roi!"
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"Inutiles regrets!"
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Don Quichotte

by Jules Massenet

Recording by EMI – Van Dam, Bergonza, Fondary, Rivenq, cond. Plasson. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"Alza, alza!...Quand la femme a vingt ans"
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“Regarde!...Géant, géant, monstrueux cavalier”
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The Magic Flute

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Recording by EMI – Moser, Moll, Berry, Miljakovic, cond. Sawallisch. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"O Isis und Osiris"
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"Der Hölle Rache"
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“Klinget, Glöckchen, klinget…Pa, pa, pa”
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by Vincenzo Bellini

Recording by EMI – Callas, Ludwig, Corelli, cond. Serafin. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"Casta diva"
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"Vieni in Roma"
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by Georges Bizet

Recording by EMI – Bumbry, Vickers, Miljakovic, Hamari, cond. Frühbeck de Burgos. Courtesy Warner Classics.

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"Flower Song"
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Eugene Onegin

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Recording by Deutsche Grammophon - Allen, Freni, von Otter, Shicoff, cond. James Levine. Courtesy Universal Music.

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"Lenski's aria"
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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.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg