A Project of the Women’s Board

Looking to enrich your opera-going experience? Enjoy Lyric Opera Commentaries, fun and educational talks recorded by opera experts that explore each of the season’s operas.

Lyric Opera Commentators simplify abstract plots, share some of their favorite musical excerpts, offer tidbits about the production, and relate stories of composers and cast members. This project promises to make each opera a more rewarding experience.

The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin, Lyric’s Vice President of Artistic Operations and Labor Strategy
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Luisa Miller

By Giuseppe Verdi

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Dead Man Walking

By Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Wynne Delacoma
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Don Giovanni

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Martha Nussbaum
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Madama Butterfly

By Giacomo Puccini

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Elinor Olin
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Queen of Spades

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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The RING Cycle

Prepare for Lyric’s monumental production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle with four new Commentaries covering each of the cycle’s four operas, recorded by Colin Ure.

Das Rheingold

By Richard Wagner

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Die Walküre

By Richard Wagner

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Siegfried

By Richard Wagner

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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Götterdämmerung

By Richard Wagner

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Colin Ure
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