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.

La bohème

by Giacomo Puccini

commentary by Wynne Delacoma
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Idomeneo

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

commentary by Martha Nussbaum
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Siegfried

by Richard Wagner

commentary by Colin Ure
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Il trovatore

by Giuseppe Verdi

commentary by Elinor Olin
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Cendrillon

by Jules Massenet

commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Elektra

by Richard Strauss

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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La traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi

commentary by David Buch
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Ariodante

by George Frideric Handel 

commentary by Derek Matson
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The music featured in Lyric Commentaries is generously furnished by Warner Classics, and is available to purchase online:
La bohème | Idomeneo | Siegfried | Il trovatore | Elektra | La traviata | Ariodante

The music for Cendrillon is furnished by Naxos Records, and is available to purchase online:
Cendrillon

© 2018/19 Lyric Opera Commentaries. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver