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.

Orphée et Eurydice

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Croft, Delunsch; Les Musiciens du Louvre, cond. Minkowski. Courtesy of Universal Music Group.

“Overture”
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“Objet de mon amour"
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“Viens, Viens, Euridice"
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“Chaconne"
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Rigoletto

by Giuseppe Verdi

EMI recording — MacNeil, Grist, Gedda, di Stasio, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Gualtier Maldè!...Caro nome”
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“La donna è mobile”
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“Bella figlia dell’amore”
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Die Walküre

Richard Wagner

EMI recording — Marton, Morris, Studer, cond. Haitink. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond”
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“Du bist der Lenz”
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“Ride of the Valkyries”
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The Pearl Fishers

by Georges Bizet

EMI recording — Cotrubas, Vanzo, Sarabia, cond. Prêtre.

“Au fond du temple saint”
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“Je crois entendre encore”
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“Me voilà seule…Comme autrefois”
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Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini

Warner Classics recording — Nilsson, Corelli, Scotto, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Signore, ascolta”
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“Straniero, ascolta!”
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“Nessun dorma”
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I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini

EMI recording — Caballé, Kraus, Manuguerra, Ferrin, cond. Muti. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“A te, o cara”
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“Vien, diletto”
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“Suoni la tromba”
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Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Warner Classics recording — Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, cond. Böhm. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Una bella serenata”
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“Alla bella Despinetta”
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“Prenderò quel brunettino”
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Faust

by Charles Gounod

Warner Classics recording — Studer, Leech, Van Dam, Hampson, cond. Rizzi. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Salut, demeure chaste et pure”
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“O Dieu! que de bijoux!”
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“Alerte! Alerte!”
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Fellow Travelers

An opera by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce

“Bermuda”
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“Last Night”
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“I Worry That's All”
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Musical excerpts for Rigoletto, Die Walküre, The Pearl Fishers, Turandot, I Puritani, Così fan tutte, and Faust provided through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Music for Orphée et Eurydice furnished through an arrangement with Universal Music Group.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver