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.

Orphée et Eurydice

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Rigoletto

by Giuseppe Verdi

commentary by Colin Ure
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Die Walküre

by Richard Wagner

commentary by Anthony Freud in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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The Pearl Fishers

by Georges Bizet

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini

commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini

commentary by Roger Pines
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Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Faust

by Charles Gounod

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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The music that you have heard is generously furnished by Warner Classics, and is available for purchase on iTunes.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.

Photo: Cory Weaver, Todd Rosenberg